City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibition
May 5 – July 3, 2016
Awarded annually by DCA, the COLA Fellowships support the creation of new works by a selection of the City’s most exemplary mid-career artists. The COLA exhibition honors these creative visionaries and nurtures the symbiotic relationship between Los Angeles, its artists, its history, and its identity as an international arts capital.
Featured artists include: Paolo Davanzo, Marsian De Lellis, Keiko Fukazawa, Megan Geckler, Won Ju Lim, Sarah Maclay, Blue McRight, Sandeep Mukherjee, Christine Nguyen, Claudia Rodriguez, Jim Skuldt, and Lynne Thompson.
At a time when Los Angeles is internationally recognized as a place for artistic experimentation and exploration, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is pleased to welcome the 2016 recipients of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowships (COLA). For nineteen years the city has recognized the achievements of its diverse artistic community through this annual award. This year’s cohort of artists and writers was selected by a panel of their peers: curators and arts professionals based in the Los Angeles area. As the city continues to grow as a creative hub, this award takes on particular meaning by recognizing the achievements of artists, performers, writers, and poets now in the middle of their careers. Their endeavors have helped to bring Los Angeles to this point. And this is reason to celebrate! As the new director of LAMAG and Barnsdall Park, I am taking part in the COLA exhibition process for the first time. Thinking about the importance of this show, I recalled my arrival in Los Angeles for graduate school. It was 1999, and LAMAG was one of the places to visit. I remember learning about the exhibitions and programs at the gallery with excitement and wonder. My hope is that young artists who are new to the city will see the COLA exhibition and have a similar experience of excitement and wonder as they encounter the work of some of those who paved the way.