The Lewis MacAdams Prize

In honor of Lewis MacAdams (1944–2020), founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, the LA River Public Art Project is launching The Lewis MacAdams Prize.

The Lewis MacAdams Prize is initiated in the daunting time of the COVID- 19 pandemic, which has all too pointedly brought home the need for equitable community experiences of public art and culture. This year, our prompt is to imagine the LA River—Los Angeles’ most connected open space—as a public art destination.

Through an open call, we invite artists, designers, and makers at all career stages to submit their ‘blue sky’ projects. The Lewis MacAdams Prize is a $500 award. A special prize of $150 will be awarded to emerging artists 18-years-old and younger. Three honorable mentions will be recognized. All proposals will be publicly presented. This is an ideas competition. Deadline is July 20, 2020. Projects will not be produced by the LA River Public Art Project. As such, money is no object; no permits required. Select a site anywhere along the 51-mile length of the river.

THE PRIZE

  • One Lewis MacAdams Prize of $500 will be awarded.
  • One Emerging Artist Prize of $150 will be awarded.
  • Three honorable mentions will be recognized.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

July 20, 2020, midnight PDT

DATE OF NOTIFICATION

August 3, 2020

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to all artists, designers, and makers at all career stages. A special prize will be awarded to emerging artists 18-years-old and younger.

CONCEPT

This is an ideas competition. Money’s no object. No permits required.

Select a site anywhere along the 51-mile length of the river.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

SUBMIT your concept in one file, up to 10MB.

FORMATS ACCEPTED pdf, jpeg, mov, or personal url link.

  • Include a description of the project (250-word maximum).
  • Contact information must NOT be visible on submittal file.

TRANSMIT via email to lmprize@lariverpublicartproject.org. Include your name, mailing address, and phone number on the cover email.

JURY

Trained as an architect, Iris Regn is currently the Civic Art Project Manager for the LA County Arts Commission.

Sandy Rodriguez’ artworks explores intersections of history, social memory, contemporary politics, and cultural production. She is the recipient of the 2020  Caltech Huntington Art + Research Fellowship.

Hamza Walker is the Executive Director of LAXART, a nonprofit art space in LA, and an adjunct professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Diane Matyas is a New York visual artist with a career in museum leadership, exhibition development, art education, and public programming.

Art Talks in June

Moderator Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre and panelists Judy Baca, Leo Limon, Chaz Bojorquez and Saber recounted the early days of graffiti art on the river.

VOLUNTEER

Are you interested in volunteering for our upcoming events? Contact us here, and we’ll get right back to you!

Summer Series ‘Art Talks on the River’ needs volunteers.

Archive intake sessions with FoLAR’s River Rover need volunteers. Great for high school students, great for river advocates, great for art lovers.

DONATE

 

 

 

All of our events are funded by public support like yours, but time is running out.

We need your help now to raise $6,000 by June 1st.

You are a key part of this exciting effort—and for a gift of $50 or more we’ll reserve you an exclusive custom t-shirt at the event, along with donor recognition and access to the artists.

Please give today.