2019 FOCAFellowships


 Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is pleased to announce the 2019 FOCAFellowship Awards.  Artists laub, Sandra de la Loza and Clarissa Tossin have been selected to receive an unrestricted award of $10,000 each.

Fellows of Contemporary Art will host an exhibition/reception celebrating laub, Sandra de la Loza, and Clarissa Tossin at FOCA’s exhibition space, 970 N. Broadway in Mandarin Plaza, Chinatown from 6:30 – 9:30pm on Saturday April 13, 2019. The exhibition, Trigger Points, will be open for viewing Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am – 5:00pm until May 25, 2019.

A biennial artist grant program begun in 2006, the FOCAFellowships have supported fourteen mid-career artists to date.



LaubLAUB: Laub is an interdisciplinary artist who works across glass, ceramics, wood, textiles, sound, and drawing. His practice often considers his personal life, making objects, sensations, and worlds that speak to the difficulties and merits of human connection, self-care, and learning. By approaching tangible materials in creative ways, he materializes the fleeting and transitional nature of emotion and being, and makes visible the human necessity to process, connect, and care for one another. Laub's work has recently been exhibited at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Visitor Welcome Center, Armory Center for the Arts, and Commonwealth and Council, and has been featured in Artforum, Los Angeles Times, and Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Craft Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University
Sandra de la LozaSandra de la Loza is an artist who creates open-ended, research-based frameworks that guide inquiries that include visual, experimental, social and pedagogical components. Working as a performative archivist, she moves critically from and in between the institutional and the social occupying a variety of sites to interrogate underlying power dynamics and knowledge production through history and memory. Her efforts to co-generate autonomous spaces for artistic production, community action and critical dialogue that center the voices and history of people of color are an important part of her practice. Such efforts have resulted in participating in collectively run community centers, pedagogical spaces, and multi-disciplinary events such as the Aztlan Cultural Arts Foundation (1993-1998), the October Surprise (2004), Arts in Action (2000-2004), Decolonize LA (2016-2017) and at land’s edge (2016-2018). Recent exhibits include A Grammar Made of Rocks at Human Resources and a recent collaboration with Argentinian artist Eduardo Molinari, recently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Talking to Action: Art, Activism, Pedagogy of the Americas. Her work has been exhibited in major museums, alternative art spaces and community centers within the United States, Latin America and Europe. She has received awards from Art Matters, the City of Los Angeles, the Center for Community Innovation, the California Community Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Clarissa TossinClarissa Tossin is a visual artist who uses installation, video, performance, sculpture, and photography to negotiate hybridization of cultures and the persistence of difference. By embracing semantic displacements in given material cultural ecosystems, Tossin’s work reflects on circulation from the level of the body to the global industry.Earlier this year, her work could be seen in the exhibition Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the 12th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea. In 2017, she received a commission from the city of Los Angeles for Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition Condemned to Be Modern. Also part of PST: LA/LA, her work was included in Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas at the UC Riverside Museum of Photography.As a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University (2017-2018), Tossin worked towards the installation Encontro das Águas (Meeting of Waters) which was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art in 2018. The project unfolded into a new exhibition, Future Fossil, commissioned by the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and opening in January 2019 at Harvard University.Tossin’s work has been featured at the 2014 Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; the Queens Museum, in New York; the Museum of Latin American Art, in Long Beach; SITE Santa Fe Biennial; the Wattis Institute, in San Francisco; Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery, in Connecticut; Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France; Skulpturenmuseum, Glaskasten Marl, Germany; Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil; Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil; among others.Tossin is the recipient of a Fellows of Contemporary Art Awards (2019); Los Angeles Artadia Awards (2018); Fellowship for Visual Artists from the California Community Foundation (2014); and an Artistic Innovation Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2012). She received a M.F.A. from the California Institute of Arts.

Public Events

2019 FOCAFellowships: Opening Reception

April 13, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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2019 FOCAFellowships: Discussion

April 13, 2019
April 13, 2019
FOCA exhibition space
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