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City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibition


May 19 – July 7, 2013


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: Lisa Anne Auerbach, Krysten Cunningham, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Samantha Fields, Judithe Hernández, Malathi Iyengar (performing artist), Carole Kim, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Rebeca Méndez, Rebecca Morris, Michael White (performing artist).


Please click here to see the website for the 2013 COLA exhibition.


Please click here to download a PDF of the 2013 COLA exhibition catalogue.


Director’s Statement


One of the primary tasks of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is to support the creative process in a global city at the crossroads of the world’s ideas. We are privileged to fulfill that goal and introduce new bodies of work produced by master artists selected for the 2012–13 C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship Awards.


The fellowships are significant because they acknowledge and highlight the contributions of some of our city’s finest individual artists. The fellowship program appears to be quite simple, yet a great deal of support is necessary to select the artists and allow them room to create freely. This simplicity provides a framework for the complex, aesthetically challenging, and divergent work showcased in our exhibition, performances, and online catalog.


At a time when most government sector support continues to limit access to funding for individual artists, city funding is critical. Join us in extending our appreciation to Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles City Council, and the Cultural Affairs Commission for their commitment to the arts in our city.


The C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship program is the product of inspiration. The artists selected for this honor represent what is unique about L.A.: that we recognize, value, and celebrate innovation and creativity. Together we congratulate this year’s fellowship recipients. Their sensitive approach to the social, political, and intellectual traditions reflected in Los Angeles helps us expand our cultural consciousness. We are fortunate to work with a community of artists whose energy and vision continue to make this collaboration a success.


Olga Garray-English
Executive Director


Joe Smoke
Grants Administration Division Director

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Lisa Anne Auerbach, American Magazine #1, 2013

Nery Gabriel Lemus, My Mother Did Not Come from Outer Space, 2013

Judithe Hernández, The Ascension, 2013