The Emerging Artist Program is an initiative designed to assist emerging visual artists to exhibit their work in a professional public environment and gain experience in all aspects associated.
Riverviews awards visual artists who demonstrate excellence in their work, a commitment to their careers and a willingness to engage with the community with a month long exhibition of their work.
Recipients have the opportunity to build relationships with an expansive community and arts professionals. The combination of exhibition and supplemental programming of “how to” ( curate, artist statements, apply for exhibits, CV) is intended to further recipients’ artistic practice, encourage career sustainability, and best equip them to make their own artistic choices and forge a unique career path.
A primary purpose of this program is to provide artists with access to opportunities that can effect positive change in their lives and, in turn, the field at large. As an organization that values cultural equity, this program is to benefit a population of artists beyond just the sphere of higher education, a system that can suffer from homogeneity and a lack of equity. We thoughtfully engage a broad group of emerging artists and prioritize diversity in all areas, including artistic practice, gender, age, background, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and all levels of educational attainment.
We defines “emerging” as those early in their artistic careers (regardless of age), who are gaining momentum, and may be at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be the most impactful. These artists demonstrate potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, and are not yet considered well established professionally by indicators such as major gallery representation, significant exhibition history, awards and commissions, or sustaining an income derived solely from art sales.
To identify artist nominees for an exhibit, Riverviews engaged nominators regionally to recommend artists, who are then invited to submit their work. Individual artists can also apply directly. A secondary independent panel selected program finalists through an anonymous review process. Nominators and jurors included visual artists, curators, and individuals from arts organizations and the academic community. (Nominators and jurors are selected by Riverviews and participate anonymously.)
Riverviews provides 12 Emerging Artist exhibits annually.
January’s Emerging Artist
Artist: Grace Eades
Title: “28 60 58”
This show has no collective meaning, along with no premeditated meaning for any of the pieces. This show is a years worth of work, that can be as little or as much as you want it to be. Take what you want from it with as little preconceived notions as possible.
Previous Emerging Artists
Alex Sayer and Emma Mortemousque
“Alex Sayer: Bring Your Inner Artist To Life” and “L’eau”
Hannah Scott – “Local Native”
Stephen Kissel – “Play Pretend”
Ryan Crane – “Vibes”
Sage Latane – “Conversions”
Larry Taylor – “A Vision Relayed”
Lindsey Winfrey – “Summer’s Simplicity”
Mariannette Oyola – “Dióko”
Amber Rabie – “Time Capsule Canvas: Preserving Fleeting Moments in Peru”
Lucas Huber – “#huberdesigns – Formless in Function”
Talula Mays – “Bethink Oneself of That Which Echoes”
Michelline Hall – “AmericanWoman?”
Candace Christy – “visions with my eyes closed”
Christina Ball – “Independence with Color”
Colleen Pendry – “Fragility”
Travis Wells and Rebekah Hower – “Portraits, Posts, and Pointillism”
Candace Padgett and Hannah Kauffman
Laura Snell – “Archetypes”
Poet Rae – “Summer’s Progress”
Cameo Hoyle – “The Forest”
ArtThrive Artists – “ArtThrive”
Victoria Towns – “Unforeseeable”
If you are interested in applying to exhibit in our Emerging Artist gallery,
please e-mail Victoria Towns at email@example.com