(Photo via St. Louis Post Dispatch-  by Laurie Skrivan)

Ilene Berman takes her portable art studio to North St. Louis. This whimsical ‘Mary Poppins’ bag on wheels allows her to create spontaneous opportunities for creativity. Check out what Judith Newmark of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had to say.


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Critical Mass for the Visual Arts presents:

“Of Being Numerous: 2013 Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award Exhibition”

August 15- September 6, 2014


Irene Berman, Christine Ilewski, and Calrie Trosclair


Jessica Baran

This exhibition showcases work by Ilene Berman, Christine Ilewski and Carlie Trosclair, recipients of 2013’s Creative Stimulus Award. Our $1500 award is presented annually to three St. Louis-based, jury-selected artists to assist them in creating new work and expanding their practices. This show features a variety of media – including painting, textiles, and installation – that represents fundamentally community-driven work, which is deeply engaged with the St. Louis area beyond conventional gallery confines.

The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) 

6128 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 (Across from the Pageant)


Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday 12pm to 5pm


Friday, August 15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm ; Exhibition continues August 15- September 6

Gallery Talk

August 27 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Announcing the 2013 Creative Stimulus project winners:

Carlie Trosclair

Christine Ilewski

Ilene Berman


Carlie Trosclair

Carlie Trosclair is an installation artist who uses malleable materials such as fabric and wallpaper to re-create spaces into re-imagined realities that engineer an experience focused on the visceral and psychological elements of embodied perception. Trosclair earned an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, a BFA from Loyola University New Orleans, and is a Fellow of the Community Arts Training Institute (MO). Trosclair is the recipient of a 2013 Regional Arts Commission Artists Support Grant and the 2012 Riverfront Times MasterMind Award. Trosclair has completed artist residencies at ACRE (WI), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Woodside Contemporary Artists Center (NY), and The Luminary Center for the Arts (MO). Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Antenna Gallery (New Orleans), Hartnett Gallery (NY), and an artist residency at chashama (NY) this fall.


Christine Ilewski

Christine Ilewski is an Illinois based artist who works in paint, creating pieces with great personal meaning. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Fine Arts in Prints as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education (K-12) from the University of Southern Illinois, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. Christine’s work has also been collected, and resides in cultural institutions such as the Alton History and Art Museum.


Ilene Berman

Ilene Berman is a St. Louis-based sculptor using the best practices of creative placemaking, such as play-streets, pop-up experiences and grassroots collaboration, to create a collection of site-specific arts engagements aimed at addressing issues of social justice. Her practice is based on her belief that art can (and should) change the world. She understands change to be the result of small shifts often expressed through simple artful gestures. She has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will begin a two-year post doc position in Social Practice in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of St. Louis University in the Fall of 2013. Her work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, the St. Louis Beacon and on the BBC. For the past five years her practice has primarily been focused on seeking to address the Delmar Divide by developing a more visible arts presence in the blocks of the Grand Center Arts District, north of Delmar.



Angela Malchionno
Travis Russell

Gina Alvarez, Jessica Baran, and Amy Thompson

Curated by B.j. Vogt

The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission
Opening: August 9, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm
Gallery Talk: August 22 from 5:30-7:00pm

Exhibition continues through September 28, 2013


The artworks presented in this exhibition represent the unique and varied endeavors in which artists in the St. Louis region are currently engaging. Over the past decade the local arts community has witnessed the growth and continued regeneration of its creative outlets, from DIY to well established institutions. The artworks chosen for this exhibition all deal in some way with an evolving urban environment, as well as the concept of place.


The Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Boulevard in The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63112
(Free parking in the lot behind The Pageant; metered street parking)

Creative Stimulus Project 2013

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is offering three artists or artist collaborations/teams $1,500 for their use as creative operating capital along with the opportunity to present their work in a group exhibition. These stipends will be awarded to St. Louis area visual artists in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment to developing their own career.

This Call is open to established and emerging artists who live within a 100-mile radius of St. Louis, Missouri.

Applications are due May 13, 2032 by 4:00pm.

Click here to see the full Call to Artists.

Announcing the  2012 Creative Stimulus project winners:

Angela Malchionno
Travis Russell

Gina Alvarez, Jessica Baran, and Amy Thompson

Work by 2012 Creative Stimulus winners

Featuring Sarrita Hunn, Elysia Mann and B.J. Vogt.
Curated by Emily Hemeyer

The Sheldon Art Galleries
Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Opening: Friday, June 8, 2012 from 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, June 12, 6 p.m.
The exhibition runs through September 15, 2012


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