The 2019 City Of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships Honors The City's Creative Spirit

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) presents the 2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships. The program's visual arts exhibition will be on view at DCA's Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Park, from May 23 through July 14, 2019 with an opening reception on May 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To celebrate the opening, there will be a special performance of 2019 COLA 2019 Visual Arts Fellow Katie Grinnan's 5 Seconds of Dreaming, played by musicians Kozue Matsumoto and Eugene Moon at 3:00 p.m.

Awarded annually to Los Angeles based artists by DCA, the COLA Fellowships support the creation of new works by a selection of the City's most exemplary mid-career artists, having received grants of $10,000.The COLA visual arts exhibition and performance and literary presentation honors the synergetic relationship between LA, its artists, its history, and its identity as an international arts capital.

These Fellows were chosen in three review-rounds by nine interdisciplinary peer panelists who were curators, educators, nonprofit gallerists, museum directors, and/or past COLA Fellows, including: Bryan Barcena, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Joel García, artist and arts administrator; Mar Hollingsworth, Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager at the California African American Museum; and Ciara Moloney, Curator at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

The 2019 COLA Fellows in the design/visual arts, literary arts*, and performing arts** are:

Juan Capistrán
Enrique Castrejon
Kim Fisher
Katie Grinnan
Sabrina Gschwandtner
Alice Könitz
Olga Koumoundouros
Suzanne Lummis*
Aleida Rodríguez*
Sandy Rodriguez
Stephanie Taylor
Dwight Trible**
Peter Wu
Jenny Yurshansky

"COLA Fellows are the type 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 art capital."

"COLA Fellows represent the spectrum of LA's exemplary mid-career artists," said DCA Grants Administration Division Director Joe Smoke. "The COLA 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 and informative artist talks."

The COLA Visual Arts Exhibition will take place at DCA's Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Art Park. The COLA Performance and Literary Presentation will take place on June 1, 2019, and 8:00 p.m. at Grand Performances in the Spiral Court at 300 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

The COLA 2019 catalog will be edited by Will Caperton y Montoya, DCA Director of Marketing, Development, and Design Strategy, and will be designed former COLA Fellow in the visual arts, Jody Zellen.

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