In its 19th annual round of fellowships for visual artists, to be announced today, the California Community Foundation will give $275,000 to 15 individuals who live and work in Los Angeles County. Ten midcareer artists will receive $20,000 fellowships. Five emerging artists will receive $15,000 awards.
This year's roster of winners encompasses a variety of aesthetic approaches and disciplines, reflecting the eclectic character of the contemporary art scene. Among the $20,000 awardees, Kori Newkirk is often described as a sculptor, but he's best known for creating beaded-curtain wall pieces. Artemio Rodriguez is an accomplished printmaker who has outfitted a van as a visual-arts-mobile. Meg Cranston is a Conceptualist who paints and sculpts but also makes large installations of found materials.
Midcareer artists Eve Fowler, Ken Gonzales-Day and Soo Kim are photographers whose work includes abstraction and social commentary. Stanya Kahn and Natalie Bookchin are experimental film and video artists; Lisa Anne Auerbach and Dont Rhine work with a broad range of materials.
Four of the emerging-artist fellows -- Scoli Acosta, Kianga Ford, Amitis Motevalli and Jim Skuldt -- work in the territory known as multimedia/interdisciplinary. The fifth, Marco Rios, is a sculptor who draws inspiration from popular culture.