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The gallery is very honored to announce that Lia Halloran has been named a 2020-2021 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellow. As a C.O.L.A. Fellow, Halloran will be awarded a $10,000 grant to produce a new body of work which will be premiered by the City of Los Angeles in Spring 2021.

The 2020/21 C.O.L.A. Master Artist Fellows in literary, performing, and visual arts are: Neel Agrawal, Noel Alumit, Edgar Arceneaux, Maura Brewer, Nao Bustamante, Jedediah, Caesar, Neha Choksi, Michael Datcher, Sarah Elgart, Lia Halloran, Phung Huynh, Farrah Karapetian, Ruben Ochoa, and Umar Rashid.

Each of these grant applicants demonstrated an exemplary career of professional public presentations for more than 15 years centered in the LA region. In addition, these artists are field-leaders, respected by their peers because of the ongoing trajectories of their creativity as well as other contributions to the community. These grantees were chosen in several review-rounds by a set of multi-disciplinary peer panelists: one curator from a prestigious local art museum, one international curator, one director of a non-profit art gallery, a regional performing arts presenter, and three past COLA fellowship recipients.

Lia Halloran received her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1999 and her MFA in Painting in Printmaking from Yale University in 2001. Halloran’s work often makes use of scientific concepts as a starting point and explores how perception, time and scale inform the human desire to understand the world and our emotional and psychological place within it. Halloran has participated in several interdisciplinary projects with a variety of collaborators to curate exhibitions, write on art and science intersections and experiment with new media technologies. 

She is currently working on a book with physicist Kip Thorne about the Warped Side of the Universe with Kips poetry and her paintings. In 2016 Halloran was awarded a Art Works Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for the project Your Body is a Space that Sees, and has held artist in residencies at the American Natural History Museum in NY, Pioneer Works in Brooklyn and a research fellow for the Visual Culture Program at Caltech and the Huntington in Pasadena. Lia is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Chapman University in Wilkinson College where she heads up the Painting and Drawing Area.

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