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Fine Arts Alumnus Vincent Ramos Wins 2015 FOCA Fellowship

El Monte Legion Stadium mural by Vincent Ramos.
At FOCA’s Annual meeting Board Member Donna Gottleib, Chair of FOCAFellowships announced the winners of the $10,000 unrestricted awards for 2014: Lesley Vance, Jennifer West, and Vincent Ramos, an Otis College alumnus (’02).
In 2006 FOCA implemented a new program, the FOCAFellowships. Commensurate with their mission to support California artists, every other year FOCA awards direct unrestricted grants to mid-career artists in recognition of their significant contributions to the California art scene. Selection of Fellowship recipients begins with five distinguished curators nominating ten artists each. From this pool of fifty, a jury of three arts professionals selects the grantees. FOCAFellowships are designed to encourage and support California artists with an exhibition history of 10-25 years.
A show of the artists’ work will be held at the FOCA office (970 N. Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA  90012) from March 28 to April 24.  A reception for the artists will be held at the same location on March 28 from 6-9 pm including a discussion at 7 pm with  the three artists moderated by Grace Kook Anderson, most recently the chief curator of the Laguna Art Museum.
Ramos’ exhibitions include Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II), Elephant, Los Angeles (2013), In the Good Name of the Company, See Me Gallery, New York(2013), Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum and LAXART, Los Angeles (2012), Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2011), and Outsider Art: Others from Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort Of, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica (2011).