LADCA announces the Grant Recipients of the 2023/24 City of Los Angeles Independent Master Artist Project
Los Angeles – The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce the grant recipients of the 2023/24 City of Los Angeles Independent Master Artist Project (COLA-IMAP). These eleven master artists will each produce a series, set, or singular new artwork with a grant of $10,000 from the City of Los Angeles. The original works will be premiered and promoted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in the Spring of 2024 as part of the 27th edition of this annual initiative.
“The COLA-IMAP grants program represents an important recognition of these artists’ outstanding ability and experience with engaging others through their works,” said Daniel Tarica, General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “The city of Los Angeles has provided this platform for local artists to showcase their creativity to the residents of Los Angeles for 27 years.”
This program represents an important recognition of these artists’ outstanding ability and experience with engaging others through their works.
Bari Ziperstein is an artist based in Los Angeles, working in mixed media sculpture with a primary focus in ceramics. Her plural and fluid practice includes discrete objects, large-scale installation, site-specific public sculpture, and her line of functional ceramics, BZIPPY. Materially experimental but conceptual at its core, Ziperstein’s practice engages ideas of consumerism, propaganda, and the built environment. Her objects and sculptural tableaux reflect her interest in the political dimensions of capitalist economies and challenge the construction of desire and aspiration in contemporary American culture through a historical lens. Ziperstein received a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University. One-person exhibitions of her work have been presented at Bethel University; Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design; Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art; Long Beach City College Project Space; The Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne; and the San Francisco Arts Commission. For more information, please visit www.bariziperstein.com.
Each COLA-IMAP recipient demonstrates an exemplary career-trajectory of more than 15 years of professional public presentations in the LA region. In addition, their ongoing creative endeavors and contributions to the community have earned these artists the highest respect from their peers.
COLA-IMAP provides independent artists the opportunity to create new works to be premiered by the City of Los Angeles in one or more group presentations (catalog, exhibition, or performance showcase). This is one of the many grant-categories offered annually by DCA, all of which honor the synergetic relationship between Los Angeles and its creative entrepreneurs, the spectrum of our collective cultural history, and the city’s status as a global center of creative talent.