2015 FOCAFellowships

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.

The exhibition ran from March 28 to April 24, 2015 at the FOCA exhibition space.

FOCA office exhibition space
970 North Broadway (Mandarin Plaza), Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Exhibit continues until Friday, April 24
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tel: (213) 808-1008
Weekends by appointment only:



Lesley VanceLesley Vance(b 1977) lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned a BFA from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Solo exhibitions of her paintings have been held at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine; the FLAG Art Foundation, New York; and, with Ricky Swallow, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Recent group exhibitions featuring her work include Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Paintings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Painter Painter, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; A House of Leaves. Second Movement, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Difference, Dallas Museum of Art; Three Evidentiary Claims, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Tableaux, MAGASIN – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; and 2010, Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Jennifer WestJennifer West employs various unique processes to produce alchemical transformations in her film based practice. The artist subjects 16, 35 and 70 mm film negative and leader to an eclectic range of idiosyncratic substances including nailpolish, liquid eyeliner, “Teen Spirit” deodorant, wine, spices, Jell-O shots, body glitter, paintballs, Jack Daniels, hot springs water as well as such physical interventions as skateboarding, smearing, crushing, drawing and throwing.West was born in Topanga, California and lives and works in Los Angeles. Significant commissions and projects include PICA TBA Fest (2014); High Line Art, New York (2012), 5th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium (2011); The Aspen Art Museum (2010); the Turbine Hall at TATE Modern (2009) and she was Artist in Residence at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Focal Point Gallery, Essex, England and Vdrome.org (2014); High Line Art, NY and S1 Artspace, Sheffield, England (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Western Bridge, Seattle and Kunstverein Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2010); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2008); White Columns, NY (2007). West has been included in numerous exhibitions internationally including Nottingham Contemporary, England; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; MOCA Cleveland, OH; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Kunstlerhaus Graz, Austria; Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, UK; Saatchi Gallery, London; UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT; White Columns, New York; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Drawing Center, New York; White Flag Projects, St Louis, MI; Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art ; CAPC Musee d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe, Germany and Tate St. Ives, England, among others West has published eight Zines that she gives away at her exhibitions. West was shortlisted for the 2012 3rd Annual Nam June Paik Center Award in Korea. She is an Asst. Professor of Fine Arts Practice at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles.
Vincent RamosVincent Ramos is an artist from Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include, Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II), Elephant, Los Angeles (2013), In the Good Name of the Company, See Me Gallery, New York(2013), Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum and LAXART, Los Angeles (2012), Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2011), and Outsider Art: Others from Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort Of, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica (2011). He lives and works in Venice.

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2015 FOCAFellowships: Opening Reception

March 28, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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2015 FOCAFellowships: Discussion

March 28, 2015
March 28, 2015
FOCA office exhibition space
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