Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA), an organization that fosters and supports contemporary art, exhibitions and publications by emerging and mid-career California artists, recently announced the recipients of its 2015 FOCAFellowships. Artists and CalArts alumni Lesley Vance (Art MFA 03) and Vincent Ramos (Art MFA 07), along with Jennifer West, each earned a $10,000 unrestricted award in recognition of their work in the California art scene.
Vance’s painting revisits the traditional genre of the still life “in the form of exquisite abstractions,” working in both oil on linen and watercolors. Her work was featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
Ramos, a multidisciplinary artist whose oeuvre incorporates drawing, installation and performance, examines the past and present. His work was included in the 2012 Made In L.A. Biennial at the Hammer Museum.
Four California curators, Rebecca Morse of LACMA; Rebecca McGrew of Pomona College Museum of Art; Scott Grieger of Otis School of Art & Design; and Leah Ollman, art critic and writer, selected 40 finalists for biennial award consideration. A jury of three—Sara Cannon of L.A.’s Municipal Art Gallery; Jose Blondet of LACMA; and Kristina Newhouse of California State University, Long Beach—made the final selections from the diverse field of mid-career artists with an exhibition history of between 10-25 years.
A show of the new FOCA fellows’ work is on view at the FOCA offices in Los Angeles until April 25.
2015 FOCAFellowship Show
970 N. Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA
Through April 25