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COLA 2021
May 13—July 22, 2021

Neha Choksi, Strata bouquet (uncertain allies), 2021. courtesy of the artist. photo: Ruben Diaz.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) presented COLA 2021, a virtual exhibition featuring new work by Edgar Arceneaux, Maura Brewer, Nao Bustamante, Jedediah Caesar, Neha Choksi, Lia Halloran, Phung Huynh, Farrah Karapetian, Ruben Ochoa, and Umar Rashid. These ten artists were the recipients of the 2021 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships. The Fellows were selected by a panel of curators, educators, museum directors, and past COLA Fellows. The COLA initiative provided each artist with $10,000 to produce a new body of work that premiered in the C.O.L.A. 2021 exhibition.


The exhibition was also accompanied by public programming as well as a catalog produced by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Marketing, Development, Design, and Digital Research Division and designed by Garland Kirkpatrick, a former COLA Design Fellow. The exhibition and related public programming was curated by Jamie Costa.


Select Press:

Carolina A. Miranda, “Newsletter: How artist Nari Ward Uses castoffs to create charged worlds at Deitch gallery”, Los Angeles Times, July 3, 2021.


Lindsay Preston Zappas, “Top 3 This Week”, KCRW, July 6, 2021.

  • Ruben Ochoa, "Las Tortillas and CLASS: C mobile gallery", 2021. courtesy of the artist and CLASS: C. photo: Pete Galindo.