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City of Los Angeles (COLA 2018) Individual Artist Fellowships Exhibition


May 3 – June 24, 2018
Opening Reception
April 29, 2018, 2 – 5 PM


Los Angeles – The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) was pleased to announce the 2017/18 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. These Fellows produced a new body of work with grants of $10,000 each and their new works were premiered by the City of Los Angeles in the Spring of 2018.


The 2017/18 C.O.L.A. Fellows in the design/visual arts, literary arts*, and performing arts** were: Dave Hullfish Bailey, Guillermo Bert, Terry Braunstein, Cassils, Sandra de la Loza, Michelle Dizon, Tim Durfee, June Edmondsd. Sabela Grimes**, Peter J. Harris*, Michele O’Marah, Julie Shafer, and Doris Sung, Kristina Wong**


These Fellows were chosen in three review-rounds by nine interdisciplinary peer panelists who were curators, educators, non-profit gallerists, museum directors, and/or past COLA Fellows.


“C.O.L.A. Fellows are the types of unique civic entrepreneurs that we need in this city,” said DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell. “DCA is proud to honor these creative visionaries and nurture their symbiotic relationships with LA and other artists and the city’s history and identity as an international arts capital.”


“C.O.L.A. Fellows represent the spectrum of LA’s exemplary mid-career artists,” said DCA Grants Administration Division Director Joe Smoke. “The C.O.L.A. grants allow these accomplished, influential, and not yet ultra-famous artists to create new work that the City of Los Angeles will premiere for the general public in one or more group presentations accompanied by a promotional catalog as well as educational artist talks.”


The C.O.L.A. visual arts exhibition took place at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Park; and the C.O.L.A. performance and literary showcase occured at Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown LA. The C.O.L.A. 2018 catalog was designed and published by Susan Silton, a former C.O.L.A. awardee.


Select Press

Abe Ahn, “LA Artists Take Us from the Colonial Past to the Interstellar Future,” Hyperallergic, June 18, 2018


Makeda Easter, “L.A. gave local artists $10,000 grants. See what they did with them at Barnsdall Art Park,” Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2018


Shana Nys Dambrot, “Join the New C.O.L.A. Fellowship of Artists at Barnsdall and Grand Performances,” LA Weekly, April 30, 2018

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COLA 2018, installation image, May 3 – June 24, 2018. photograph by Jeff McLane

Dave Hullfish Bailey, Working approximation of a conventional form, 2018, installation image. photograph by Jeff McLane

Michele O’Marah, installation image, 2018. photograph by Jeff McLane

Sandra de la Loza, installation image, 2018. photograph by Jeff McLane

Julie Shafer, Parting of the Ways, 2018, installation image. photograph by Jeff McLane

June Edmonds, installation image, 2018. photograph by Jeff McLane

Julie Shafer, Abe, from the series Parting of the Ways, 2018. courtesy of the artist


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