This landmark exhibition celebrates 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 represent the creative legacy of Los Angeles. Through its thought-provoking content, COLA 20 illustrates 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 demonstrates 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 memorializes 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 will include literature from all literary fellows, and a roaming timeline that will feature 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 include: 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.