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City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowships

Anniversary Exhibition

1997 – 2017


April 27 – July 2, 2017


This landmark exhibition celebrated the first twenty years of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Program, recognizing the achievements of 271 design, literary, performing, and visual master artists and artist-duos who represented the creative legacy of Los Angeles. Through its thought-provoking content, COLA 20 illustrated the continued vitality of the Individual Artist Fellowship Program to highlight master artistry and foster the bold creative spirit of Los Angeles, a city where complexity and diversity intertwine.


The exhibition demonstrated how this annual fellowship program encourages local, master artists to follow and realize their dynamic visions from which we can broaden and redefine our individual and collective experience. COLA 20 memorialized this extraordinary assembly of creativity by bringing together past COLA fellows for dialogues about the great attributes of living and working in Los Angeles, special tributes to eleven former COLA fellows who are now deceased, a literary lounge that included literature from all literary fellows, and a roaming timeline that featured archival ephemera from each year.


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 included: Michael Brewster, Wanda Coleman, James Doolin, Ron George, Tony Gleaton, Arthur Jarvinen, Larry Karush, Willie Robert Middlebrook, Jr., Rachel Rosenthal, Michael White and Norman Yonemoto.

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James Doolin, Arch Series; #14, 1969. courtesy of Lauren Doolin Mcmillen

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Framed, 1989. courtesy of Bruce Yonemoto

James Doolin, Primal Landscape, 1993. courtesy of Lauren Doolin Mcmillen

Michael Brewster, Whistlers 2, 1994

Rachel Rosenthal, L.O.W. in Gaia, 1986. courtesy of Sabra Vickland

Ron George, Introduction to the American Gamelan and variations on a Butterfly, 1999. courtesy of American Composers Forum

Tony Gleaton, installation image