In 2006 FOCA implemented a new program, the FOCAFellowships. Commensurate with our mission to support California artists, every other year we award direct unrestricted grants to mid-career artists in recognition of their significant contributions to the California art scene. Selection of Fellowship recipients begins with five distinguished curators nominating ten artists each. From this pool of fifty, a jury of three arts professionals selects the grantees. FOCAFellowships are designed to encourage and support California artists with an exhibition history of 10-25 years.
At FOCA's Annual meeting Board Member Donna Gottleib, Chair of FOCAFellowships announced the winners of the $10,000 unrestricted awards for 2014: Lesley Vance, Jennifer West, and Vincent Ramos.
A show of the artists work will be held at the FOCA office (970 N. Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90012 from March 28 to April 24. A reception for the artists will be held at the same location on March 28 from 6-9 PM including a discussion at 7 PM with the three artists moderated by Grace Kook Anderson, most recently the chief curator of the Laguna Art Museum.
2013 FocaFellowship winners
October 17 – December 20
Fellows of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the 2013 FOCAFellowships. This year artists Hilja Keading, T. Kelly Mason and Kori Newkirk were selected to receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000 each.
A biennial artist grant program begun in 2006, the FOCAFellowships have already supported eight mid-career artists holding an important place in the California community. For this round, a pool of 28 artists were nominated by three California Curators; final selection of the grant winners for 2013 was made by Rebecca Morse, Associate Curator Department of Photography, LACMA, Rebecca McGrew, Senior Curator, Pomona College Museum of Art, Scott Grieger, Professor and Director of Painting, Otis School of Art & Design and Leah Ollman, Art Writer, Los Angeles Times and Art in America.
Fellows of Contemporary Art will host an exhibition celebrating Hilja Keading, T. Kelly Mason and Kori Newkirk at the FOCA Exhibition Space located at 970 N. Broadway in Mandarin Plaza in Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown from July 27 to August 30. A public opening reception will be held Saturday, July 27, 6:00 PM - 9:00PM.
FOCA will organize an “Artists’ Conversation” between FOCAFellowship award winners and Arts Writer Scarlet Cheng at Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday, November 17th at 3pm.
Everything is Political
October 17 – December 20
’Everything is Political,’ an exhibition conceived by Andrea Bowers and Daniel Joseph Martinez opens this Sunday, October 17th at the FOCA Space in Chinatown. At the exhibition a catalogue was distributed that was designed by Jessica Fleischmann’s still.room. The ingenious and radical catalogue contains an essay by Lucia Sanromán, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, entitled ’Between a Rock and a Hard Place: From Radical Art to Radical Optimism.’ About Bowers and Martinez, Ms. Sanromán explains: "Their practices are fundamentally different, yet they share an insistent belief in art as a detonator of forms of agency, social engagement and political action." For her portion of the exhibition, Bowers, continues her investigation on homage and the archival impulse by transforming 15 utilitarian folding chairs into memorials to artists Bowers particularly admires. Martinez adds two elements: the first a ceiling hung sculpture involving a hare strapped within an IED and second, a large photograph printed on an elegant silk background of an anonymous massacre site. This is a show that must be seen, not explained.
November 6th, 3:30PM
CONVERSATION AT MOCA
Andrea Bowers and Daniel Joseph Martinez, the FOCAFellowship recipients, plus Lucia Sanromán, featured essayist in Everything is Political catalogue and Bennett Simpson, Associate Curator MOCA.
Museum of Contemporary Art
250 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
* free and open to the public
September 28 – November 30
An exhibition of the works of these fellowship recipients was on display from September 28 through November 30 at the FOCA space in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.
A conversation with the Martin Kersels, Julio Cesar Morales and MOCA Associate Curator Bennett Simpson took place at MOCA’s Ahmanson Auditorium on Saturday, November 15 from 3–5 p.m.
An exhibition of the works of these fellowship recipients took place in September 2006, at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts.