The COLA 2019 artwork I created (Click image to see more of this piece).

HIV Public Health Artwork and Queer men

Enrique Castrejon :  Los Angeles, CA

COLA 2019 Visual / Design Artists Fellows:

Juan Capistrán

Enrique Castrejon

Kim Fisher

Katie Grinnan

Sabrina Gschwandtner

Alice Könitz

Olga Koumoudouros

Sandy Rodriguez

Stephanie Taylor

Peter Wu

Jenny Yurshansky

2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships

I am grateful for being a recipient of this award.  I was one of 14 Los Angeles visual artists to receive this fellowship.  It gave me an opportunity to challenge myself and push my artwork forward and expand my practice from 2D to sculptural installation. As a result of this award I created, "You, me and all of us are in this together / Reach out to those that don't know their status"  a scultpural installation combining HIV public health data and fragmented queer bodies exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park. 

COLA History written in the COLA 2019 Catalog:

"Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Grant Program

The city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) awards grants for the production, creation, presentation, exhibition, and managerial support of arts in the following areas: culture/history, design, dance, media, music, literary arts, outdoor festivals/parades, theater, traditional/folk art, visual arts and projects that are multidisciplinary."

"Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to bring the highest-quality artistic and cultural services to Los Angeles residents and visitors. since 1990 the Department of Cultural Affairs has awarded more than $75 million to local artists, arts organizations and arts events. In fiscal year 2018-2019 DCA will offer more that $5.4 million in project support to more than 335 local artists and organizations through its Cultural Grant Program."

"COLA Individual Artist Fellowships

Each COLA grant was offered support to creat a new work that is showcased in a non thematic group presentation series. This annual program greatly benefits audiences and honors a selection of established and creative artists who live and work in Los Angeles."