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LOS ANGELES – January 10, 2017 – The California Community Foundation (CCF) has named 14 Los Angeles County artists as recipients of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA), with a total of $350,000 in unrestricted grants.

The prestigious FVA annually awards grants to help artists build successful, sustainable careers and to support the thriving Los Angeles arts scene. This year’s competitive application process received 551 applications – the highest number in the fellowship’s nearly 30-year-history.

“The California Community Foundation has long valued the power of the arts to transform communities and support social change,” said CCF President & CEO Antonia Hernández. “This fellowship’s unique unrestricted grants allow L.A. artists to continue contributing to the cultural vitality of our region for the benefit of all residents.”

Launched in 1987 with a generous contribution from the J. Paul Getty Trust and other donor support, CCF has awarded more than $3 million to nearly 300 visual artists working in a multitude of media across Los Angeles County. As CCF remains committed to capacity-building, artists also receive access to business development support and networking opportunities. Through the generosity of donors, the fellowship has expanded into one of the largest investments in individual artists in California.

This year’s Fellowship for Visual Artists recipients are:

Shagha Ariannia

Linda Arreola

Maura Brewer

Carolina Caycedo

Beatriz Cortez

Paolo Davanzo

Amir H. Fallah

Malisa Humphrey

Ken Marchionno

Amanda Ross-Ho

Aaron Sandnes

Jaime Scholnick

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)

Samira Yamin

“Since 1987 the Getty has worked with the California Community Foundation to support diverse artists of distinction in Los Angeles, and it is very gratifying that the seed the Getty planted with its initial gift has grown so productively under CCF’s leadership,” says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “As the world takes increasing notice of Los Angeles artists and their work, the CCF Fellowships will remain an important resource for these artists throughout their careers.”

Fellows are selected by a committee of distinguished artists and arts professionals – including fellowship alumni – following a rigorous application process. The grants are often used for project development, exhibits, travel or general expenses. This year, the fellowship changed its applications process to eliminate categories for emerging and mid-career artists and included a simplified, two-round application process.

A digital gallery of the 2016-17 Fellows’ artwork will be live at staging5.calfund.org/artist-gallery in March 2017.

To find out how you can support CCF’s Fellowship for Visual Artists, please visit us online. One-hundred percent of contributions to the FVA go directly to artists.

The California Community Foundation has served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, empowering donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate with us in addressing the root causes of challenges in Los Angeles County. CCF stewards $1.5 billion in assets and manages 1,600 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. For more information, please visit staging5.calfund.org.

CONTACT
Chris Compton
marcomm@staging5.calfund.org
(213) 413.4130

Additional updates to long-standing fellowship aim to better serve L.A. County artists

LOS ANGELES – June 8, 2016 – The California Community Foundation (CCF) announces several updates to its Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA) to better serve the needs of L.A. County’s artistic community, including increasing the fellowship award to $25,000 regardless of career level. Previous award amounts were $15,000 for emerging and $20,000 for mid-career artists.

The goal of the FVA remains the same: to fund outstanding Los Angeles County-based visual artists from diverse backgrounds in order to support sustainable careers in the arts. Since 1988, in partnership with the Getty Foundation and other donors, FVA has provided more than $2.5 million in unrestricted grants to 274 Los Angeles County visual artists. The grants are often used for project development, exhibits, travel or general expenses.

This year’s updates include:

Increasing the award amount to $25,000 for all recipients regardless of career level. Twelve Los Angeles County based artists will be selected and notified in early December.

Not requiring identification as emerging or mid-career artist.

Creating a streamlined application beginning with a simplified initial application. Selected applicants move on to complete the full application.

• Requiring a minimum of five years of professional experience and exhibition history with evidence of work in Los Angeles County.

• Requiring a minimum age of 25 years old.

Changes were the result of an internal evaluation of the existing process, and feedback from artists, professors, gallery owners, curators, writers and nonprofit leaders.

Fellows are annually selected by a committee of distinguished artists and arts professionals – including fellowship alumni – following a rigorous application process. To view a full list of FVA fellows, please visit FVA artist’s gallery/.

The deadline for the first stage of the application is June 30, 2016. For more information and how to apply, please visit staging5.calfund.org/nonprofits/grant-opportunities/arts/ccf-fellowship-visual-artists/.

Please read the updated Guidelines and Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

CONTACT

Taleen Ananian

tananian@staging5.calfund.org

(213) 452-6203

LOS ANGELES – July 16, 2015 – The California Community Foundation (CCF) has named 22 emerging and mid-career Los Angeles County artists as recipients of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA), with a total of $385,000 in unrestricted grants.

The FVA annually awards $15,000 for emerging and $20,000 for mid-career artists to build successful, sustainable careers in the arts. This year’s competitive application process received 459 total applications.

“As a community foundation, we believe in the power of the arts to motivate hearts and inspire change,” said Nike Irvin, vice president of programs at the California Community Foundation. “This fellowship’s unique unrestricted grants allow artists to thrive and contribute to the cultural vitality of Los Angeles for the benefit of all residents.”

Since its inception in 1988 with a generous contribution from the J. Paul Getty Trust and other donor support, FVA has awarded more than $2.5 million to 274 visual artists working in a multitude of media across Los Angeles County. As CCF remains committed to capacity-building, artists also receive access to business development support and networking opportunities. Today, through the generosity of donors, the fellowship has expanded into one of the largest investments in individual artists in California.

“The Getty Foundation is proud of its long-standing partnership with the California Community Foundation through support for the Fellowship for the Visual Artists. It is extremely gratifying that the initial gift from the Getty Trust over a quarter of a century ago has blossomed so productively under the California Community Foundation’s stewardship,” said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “I congratulate this year’s artists and wish them a terrific fellowship period.”

Fellows are selected by a committee of distinguished artists and arts professionals – including fellowship alumni – following a rigorous application process. The grants are often used for project development, exhibits, travel or general expenses. This year’s fellows are:

2015 Emerging Fellows

2015 Mid-career Fellows

CCF leads positive systemic change to strengthen Los Angeles communities. The foundation has served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, empowering donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate in transforming Los Angeles. CCF stewards $1.48 billion in assets and manages nearly 1,600 charitable foundations, funds and legacies.

To find out how you can support the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists, please visit our giving page. One-hundred percent of contributions to the FVA go directly to artists.

An online gallery of the 2015 Fellows’ artwork will be live at staging5.calfund.org/fva on July 23.

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CONTACT
Taleen Ananian
tananian@staging5.calfund.org
(213) 452-6203