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COLA 2020 LAMAGLearn
Artist Funding Now!

Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 1 PM

In this conversation, COLA 2020 exhibition artists Alison O’Daniel and Vincent Ramos discussed with artist Tatiana Vahan of the Los Angeles Artist Census their work as artists, how they navigated the funding landscape during a time of unprecedented change, as well as how they envisioned the future. Moderated by Anji Gaspar-Milanovic, Director of Grants and Professional Development for the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.


This program was organized by Jamie Costa.

About Anji Gaspar-Milanovic

As Director of Grants and Professional Development for the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Anji oversees the Organizational Grant Program, Community Impact Arts Grant Program, Arts Internship Program, professional development, special initiatives designed to increase the capacity of the arts sector and connecting regional arts funders. Prior to joining the Department of Arts and Culture in 2007, Ms. Gaspar-Milanovic worked in development at Saint Joseph Ballet and held several positions at the American Red Cross of Orange County in bilingual media relations and provided disaster relief both locally and internationally. Fluent in several languages, she received a B.A. in Latin American Studies and French Literature from Lake Forest College and attended Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in Latin American Studies.


About Alison O’Daniel

Alison O’Daniel is a visual artist and filmmaker working  across sound, narrative, sculpture, installation and performance. O’Daniel’s work has been shown across the US and internationally including Made in LA at the Hammer Museum; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain and Art in General, New York. She is a recipient of the 2019 Louis Comfort Tiffany and Creative Capital awards. Her film, The Tuba Thieves, was supported by the Sundance Creative Producing Lab. She is represented by Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles and is an assistant professor of Film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


About Vincent Ramos

Vincent Ramos received a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. His artwork has been included in exhibitions at venues that include the Hammer Museum, LAXART, Las Cienegas Projects, and 18th Street Art Center. Ramos is a recipient of a California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship and his work is included in the permanent collection of the Hammer Museum. Ramos lives and works in Los Angeles.


About Tatiana Vahan

Tatiana Vahan is an LA-based artist that creates work at the intersection of research, activism, and community organizing. Her work 
analyzes and critiques existing social and economic systems. In 2017 she founded bar-fund, a grant-building initiative that invited local visual artists to fundraise and distribute grants to fellow local artists. In 2019 she founded the Los Angeles Artist Census, a socially-engaged research project that has collected data on LA County-based visual artists to assess need versus resources available. Vahan’s work explores how economic and cultural value are created, how these processes create systems of power and hierarchy, and how this impacts our bodies as well as our individual and collective consciousness.


Vahan received an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts, a BFA in Visual Art from New World School of the Arts, and has been a certified and practicing bodyworker since 2002. Her artwork has been exhibited at ICA LA, Bass Museum of Art, MDC Museum of Art + Design, Miami Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami.


Artwork captions

Tile image: Vincent Ramos, 2020. image courtesy of the artist.


Banner image: Alison O’Daniel, Installation view of Room Tone (detail), March 26 – May 8, 2016. Presented at the
Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY. courtesy the artist and Art in General, photograph by Charles Benton.