In the spirit of this ongoing mission, the River Fellowship was established in Summer 2016. An annual program designed to support underrepresented Los Angeles-based artists, the River Fellowship program guides an artist through the exhibition-making process. Annually, one artist is awarded up to a year long fellowship to develop and exhibit a project at River.
It was cofounded by Carl E. Smith and Meghan Gordon as a unique initiative conceived to support the evolving LA art community. The fellowship will provide one artist with support as they develop and present their first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery in Los Angeles. The River Fellow will receive guidance and support through the exhibition-making process and a production stipend. Support will include but not limited to: studio visits, statement preparation, press and collector outreach, public events, a published interview, exhibition design, installation support and finally, a solo exhibition at the gallery.
The goals of the River Fellowship program are: to support the Los Angeles art community by helping emerging artists; to provide a platform for an underrepresented artist through the public presentation of their work; to give the Fellows hands-on exhibition experience and insight into the artist-gallery working dynamic; and to provide a transparent mode of education that breaks down the boundaries of the commercial art world. The River Fellowship continues the gallery’s overall mission of artist advocacy.