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.

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.


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

Sandy Rodriguez’s artworks explore intersections of history, social memory, contemporary politics, and cultural products. She is the recipient of the 2020 Caltech Huntington Art and 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.

Founded in 2014, the LARPAP advocates for the LA River as a diverse and shared public art destination.

Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval is the Founder and Executive Producer of MUSE TV, as well as the Producer of NEWS x MUSE, Destination: The Theme Park Travel Show, and he is the Co-Executive Producer of "Hey Han" with Executive Producer and host, Hannah Fletcher. MUSE TV originated as a website covering music and entertainment news in 2012. The company has expanded to YouTube, as well as having its own podcast. One decade later, the MUSE TV Network now exists on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Sandoval grew up in East Los Angeles, having graduated from Don Bosco Technical Institute. He began his journalism career in junior college where he wrote for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Star News, covering high school sports. Michael then continued his education at Cal State University, Fullerton in which he worked at KTLA as a production assistant for Kurt the Cyberguy. His journalism career eventually led to the transition into the realm of professional sports- specializing in marketing, sales, event planning and public relations with the National Hockey League, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael later crafted a hybrid of his journalism career, combined with his newfound marketing skills to create not only the MUSE TV as a news outlet, but also the MUSE TV Internship Program. This program exists with the mission to help develop the next generation of journalists.

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