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Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues conducted the most recent master residency at their studio in summer 2015. Students learn ed about their innovative paper mesh process as  they created their own globe lamps. Sculptural forms derived from personal objects were incorporated into the process. Concepts about lighting, design, paper-making, sculpture, and fabrication were explored. The intensive one week residency culminated in a successful three week exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Over 1,500 people viewed the display.

The JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Memorial Fund was established in 1979 in honor of the late JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen. A dedicated volunteer and supporter of arts education, she was one of the founding members of Friends of the Junior Arts Center (FOJAC), the nonprofit organization that built the Junior Arts Center in Barnsdall Art Park and supported it for many years before becoming Barnsdall Art, an arts-provider throughout Los Angeles County.

The Cotsen Memorial Fund is committed to providing an extended working, creative experience with artists of great stature to inspire talented young students. These Master residencies are conducted every two to three years. In past decades, Cotsen Fellows have included:

Christo, Frank Gehry, David Hockney, Miralda, Red Grooms, Luis Jimenez, Mierle Ukeles, Remy Charlip, Kim Abeles, Michael Rotondi, Alexis Smith, Lita Albuquerque, Tim Hawkinson, Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues.

Ball Nogues Opening

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Tim Hawkinson
Self Evidence

Tim Hawkinson, the Barnsdall Arts 2013 Cotsen Fellowship Artist, taught a dozen talented students during an intensive week-long residency. After an extraordinary introduction to his own work, Tim led the students through various exercises exploring the self through the body to develop new ways of seeing and making.

The Box/Body Sculpture of cardboard and foil presented in SELF EVIDENCE is the culminating project. Working with Tim over the course of the week, students learned to think outside the box and to expand their creative vision.


Lita Albuquerque conceived the self portrait project and masterfully taught eighteen talented young artists ranging in age from 11-17 to explore their inner and outer selves in drawings, paintings, prints, a mirror painting and a box. The self portrait project introduced students to fundamental ways of seeing and expressing themselves through various media.

The intensive residency revealed each student's natural, creative voice and inspired students to reflect up their identities.

Alexis Smith
"Awesome Blage"

Alexis Smith's Cotsen Artist Residency "Awesome Blage" took place in 2008 at the Michael Lehrer Architecture Studio. The residency focused on collage to introduce fundamental ideas about ways of seeing and knowing the world. Students learned how strongly composition and image-making can be developed through space and design.

The overarching purpose of this residency was to reveal each student's natural, creative voice, to enhance visual sensitivity, and to give students the means tp express it with confidence and grace. The residency culminated with an exhibition at Gallery 825.