FOCA 2017 Board of Directors
FOCA 2017 Board of Directors

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is a non-profit, independent, and membership-based organization that supports contemporary art in California.

Founded in 1975, FOCA is a direct outgrowth of a support group that was previously associated with the Pasadena Art Museum. Today, our 150-plus memberships come from all parts of California and other states. The membership dues support FOCA’s missions.

FOCA’s MISSION is to support emerging and mid-career California artists through awards, exhibitions, including accompanying catalogues, and diverse educational events for its members.

2017 Board

Chair   Donna Gottlieb
Vice Chair    Judith Tuch
Treasurer Christine From
Secretary  Jan Cobert
Curators Award   Chair Sharon Darnov
FOCAFellowships   Chair Rosalyn Firemark
FOCAFellowships   Co-Chair Gina Posalski
Curators Lab Chair    Noriko Fujinami
Curators Lab Co-Chair      Tressa Miller
Governance      Sharon Darnov
Membership     Chair Sheila Poncher
Membership Co-Chair   Linda Camras
Local Tours Chair     Sandra Nichols
Local Tours Co-Chair    Matt Scheele
OC Tours Chairs    Ann and Bob Myers
Acting Salon Chair    Linda Maggard
Salon Co-Chair    Suzette Wachtel
Int’l & Nat’l Tours    Chair Pam Smith
Int’l & Nat’l Tours    Chair Ellen Buchanan
Special Events   Chair Janice Wallace
Special Events Co-Chair    Anne Brilliant
Member at Large Bonnie    Levin Friedman
Member at Large    Connie McCreight
Member at Large    Beth Rosenbloom
Immediate Past Chair     Linda Maggard

Ex-officio “Web Wrangler”  Charlotte Chamberlain



We accomplish our mission through Artist Programs concentrated in three areas:

  1. Curators Award Exhibition — Sponsors exhibitions of California artists proposed by one or more California curators that are held in major museums and other art venues. FOCA underwrites the cost of the exhibitions’ scholarly catalogues and other documentation. Through this endeavor, FOCA has established an impressive historical record of the work of California artists and curators.
  1. FOCAFellowship — Funds unrestricted grants to two or more mid-career artists in recognition of their significant and ongoing contributions to art in California.
  1. Curators Laboratory Exhibition — Underwrites exhibitions and documentation proposed by emerging curators whose work is shown at our space in Chinatown.

We also accomplish our mission through Member Programs that include these diverse educational and social events:

  1. National and International Tours — Organizes multiple national and international trips for members that focus on contemporary art events, including biennials and fairs, artists’ studios, galleries, art centers, museums, and private collections.
  1. Local Tours — Organizes visits to artists’ studios, galleries, private and public collections, other art venues, and museums, that include discussions with artists, curators, and guest speakers.
  1. Sunday Salons — Offers an intimate setting for art conversations and other creative art interactions.
  1. Special Events –- Hosts an Annual Membership Gala and a Summer Party.
  1. Prospective Member Receptions – Hosts one or two art functions annually to attract new members.

All FOCA activities are organized by our dynamic and engaged membership base.

Membership requires sponsorship by two existing members.  Every proposed member must have a primary and secondary sponsor, and be approved by the Board of Directors.

For more information please visit our website at, call our office at (213) 808-1008, or send an email to Questions relating to Membership, email


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