The LA River Public Art Project Announces The Lewis MacAdams Prize

Dates or Deadline: 
20 July 2020
Organized by: 
LA River Public Art Project
California, United States

The LA River Public Art Project Announces
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.

MacAdamsThe 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 open call to artists is to imagine the LA River—Los Angeles’ most connected open space—as a public art destination.


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


July 20, 2020, midnight PDT


August 3, 2020


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.


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

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


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 Include your name, mailing address, and phone number on the cover email.


To be announced.

All artists retain copyright of their original work. All entries, with permission, will be publicly presented.

Topic Area: Environmental Art, Public Art, Art-Science, River art, anthropocene