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Welcome to the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists

Great art lights a spark. It illuminates the beauty and struggle of the world around us, warms our souls, nourishes our communities and ignites change. As the foundation for Los Angeles County, we are dedicated to amplifying and empowering the incredible and diverse voices of Angelenos.

For more than a century, the California Community Foundation (CCF) has worked to improve the lives of L.A. residents. Every day, we witness the power of the arts to explore, unite and transform. We believe that everyone benefits when artists can pursue their passions and we understand how important it is to discover and support artists in the creative community.

The CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists was initiated in 1988 through a gift from the J. Paul Getty Trust to create a Fund for Visual Artists to recognize the outstanding talent of Los Angeles-based visual artists and arts organizations. Over the last 29 years, the Foundation has supported more than $3 million in unrestricted funds to more than 290 artists. This effort has also been supported through the generosity of the Brody Arts Fund, the Atlass Fund, the Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles and other California Community Foundation donors and funds.

The CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists program continues to evolve and respond to the community of artists it serves. Beginning this year, all recipients will receive a $25,000 unrestricted grant regardless of career level. The unrestricted nature of the award is intentional. We know that unrestricted funds allow artists the time and space to do what they do best–create. In addition, recipients also receive networking and professional development assistance.

We invite you to view the site and see the incredible work of current and past recipients. These images are just a sample of the depth and scope of the diverse talent of these artists. We are proud to celebrate and share their work with you.

Antonia Hernandez
President & CEO, California Community Foundation

For over three decades, the Getty Foundation has provided grants that support the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and around the world. And from the beginning our own history has been closely connected to the California Community Foundation (CCF)’s Fellowship for the Visual Artists. In the fall of 1984, the Getty’s parent organization, the J. Paul Getty Trust, announced the creation of the Getty Foundation (then called the Getty Grant Program), as well as a three-year program of major gifts to cultural and educational institutions in our home region. The culminating gift of this program was a large grant to the California Community Foundation in 1987 to establish the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts. Over the past thirty years of our partnership, the commitment of both institutions to strengthen the artistic traditions of our local communities has remained strong.

During this time one of the Getty Foundation’s most visible contributions to the arts in our home city has been the Pacific Standard Time (PST) initiatives. In September 2017 we will launch Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the latest iteration of a region-wide cultural collaboration, this time with a focus on Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. We chose this theme because of our city’s history—founded in 1781 as part of New Spain—and our current majority Latino demographics. Although we began planning PST: LA/LA more than five years ago, there couldn’t be a better time than now to showcase the diversity and quality of Latin American and Latino art.

It will be an exciting time when PST: LA/LA opens this fall, with more than 70 simultaneous art exhibitions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara to San Diego; extensive public programs that include music, literature, and dance; and a county-wide education program to benefit our area’s most underserved student populations. We are grateful for the Community Foundation’s participation in PST, especially its support of the exhibitions and the overarching awareness campaign. We are particularly delighted to count many past and present CCF fellowship recipients among the more than 1,100 artists whose work will be featured in PST: LA/LA.

With the first Pacific Standard Time began in 2011, many outside of our region came to realize what the Getty and the California Community Foundation have known for years: Los Angeles has long been home to a tremendous number of inspiring visual artists. They come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, and their work addresses many different themes and issues. We congratulate the Community Foundation and the 2017 Fund for the Visual Arts Fellows, and we wish them all a very productive year.

Deborah Marrow
Director, The Getty Foundation

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