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Creative Stimulus Project – Call to Artists

Applications due: Monday, June 1st, 2015 by 5:00pm

Since 2008, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts has recognized the needs of outstanding local visual artists through the Creative Stimulus Project. Building upon the upon the mission of Critical Mass to promote and initiate contemporary visual art in St. Louis, the Creative Stimulus Project provides up to three artists or artist collaborations with $1,500 of unrestricted operating capital, as well as the chance to exhibit their work in a group exhibition.

Award recipients will receive stipends based on the outstanding nature of their work and their commitment to advancement and career-development. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury panel comprised of local artists, arts professionals, and former Creative Stimulus Award winners. Past recipients include: Jessica Baran, Martin Brief, Tate Foley, Cameron Fuller, Emily Hemeyer, Sarrita Hunn, David Johnson, Asma Kazmi, Angela Malchionno, Sarah Paulsen, Carlie Trosclair, and Mel Watkin. *For a full list of past recipients please visit the Critical Mass website: http://criticalmassart.org/the-creative-stimulus/

Artists may use the non-matching stipends in any way to assist in the creation of new work or to contribute to the growth of their career. The award should make possible an experience or project that the artist would otherwise be unable to pursue.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic excellence and innovation as evidenced by past work.
  • Well articulated statement of how the award will allow you to realize new work and/or advance your career.

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

Submission Requirements

  1. A single electronic document (Microsoft Word or PDF) containing:
  • A letter (2-page maximum) that presents a strong, clear artist statement and explains how you would use this stipend to advance your career.
  • A resume/cv no longer than 3 pages including current contact information and email address.
  • An image list providing image number, title, medium, dimensions, date of work, and a brief description for each image submitted.
  1. Up to 10 images of previous works. Or, artist may choose to submit 5 images and up to two websites and/or videos (60 second clips only).

Applications from collaborations/teams of two or more artists will be accepted. Artist teams may submit a resume/cv for each team member and a total of 15 images of past work or 8 images and three websites and/or video clips.

Image File Format: Images must be submitted as JPG files and be less than 1 MB each. “High quality” files at 300 dpi, no more than 1920 pixels on the longest side, are recommended for best viewing by the jury.

Image File Labeling: Files must be titled with a number indicating the viewing order, followed by the artist’s last name. Use “0” in front of single digit numbers. Do not use more than 30 characters; use only letters, numbers and underscores. Example: 01_Smith; 02_Smith. Mac OS users: Image files must be in JPEG format and include “.jpg” at the end of each image title. Example: 01_Smith.jpg.

Reporting Requirement

Upon completion of the project year, recipients must provide Critical Mass with a follow-up artist statement/letter so that the organization can track and evaluate how funds are being used. The recipients of the stimulus funds will also participate in a group exhibition in summer 2015 that will be curated by a past Creative Stimulus recipient. This year’s recipients will be eligible to guest curate future Creative Stimulus exhibitions.

Selection Dates

June 1, 2015 – Applications due, 4:00 PM

June 2015 – Critical Mass Creative Stimulus recipients notified

July 5, 2015 – Exhibit opening for 2014 recipients

June 16, 2015- Gallery Talk and announcement of 2015 recipients

All applications must be submitted electronically to: stlcriticalmass@yahoo.com

Attachments can total no more than 5MB in a single e-mail. If necessary, please divide images into multiple e-mail messages or use YouSendIt.com or a similar file sharing service. Call or email Meridith McKinley with any questions: 314-735-9268 or mckinley@viapartnership.com.

The Creative Stimulus Project is supported in part by a grant from the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council, and by generous donations from individuals who believe that supporting and promoting local artists makes St. Louis a better place to live.

Click the link below for a PDF of the Call to Artists

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An upcoming program from Critical Mass for the Visual Arts

Critical Conversations seeks to spark revolution in the St. Louis Artworld. We aim to strengthen vital connections between individuals, institutions, spaces and creative communities, and to set the stage for profound criticism and discussion on a wide range of topics. We inspire action through increased understanding, agency and accountability among creatives, administrators, academics and critics.

Join us for the first Critical Conversation panel! This particular conversation will center on Social Practice in Visual Art. What are the roles and responsibilities of artists in our communities, and how does art influence the tides of social change? What more can we do?

Who:

Susan Colangelo (moderator)

Social practice artist, founding president of Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, activist, community organizer, taught for the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University. 

Stefani Weedon-Smith (panelist)

Project Director for the NCCJ, faculty member for RAC’s Community Arts Training Institute.

Freida Wheaton (panelist)

Owner of Salon 53, founder of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries, curator, and arts advocate.

Christine Ilewski (panelist)

Creative Stimulus Award-winning artist, founder of Faces Not Forgotten.

Marcis Curtis (panelist)

Artist and activist, participant in St. Louis Mural Project, (blank)space, and Creative Exchange Lab.

 When: Wednesday May 6, 2015- 7:30-9:30 pm

Where: The Stage at KDHX

3524 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO 63103

On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/693238914137743/

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Creative Stimulus Winner Christine Ilewski’s Faces Not Forgotten will be up at Christ Church Cathedral until April 3, and then at the Vaughn Cultural Center with a reception and name-reading ceremony April 16, 5-7 pm.

Christine will also be participating in our first Critical Conversations event on May 6 at 7:00 pm at the stage at KDHX. The first topic is social practice, and the panel will also include Stefani Weedon-Smith, Marcis Curtis, Frieda Wheaton, and moderator Susan Colangelo. Stay tuned for more on Critical Conversations.

Here’s the press release for Faces Not Forgotten:


Faces Not Forgotten paints portraits of children who were killed by gun violence. We donate these portraits to the victim’s family and hope that by putting a “Face” to these young victims, we can raise awareness about gun violence in the USA.

We will be exhibiting portraits painted by local area artists at:

Christ Church Cathedral , (still up for this Friday’s Blues’ Passion Service on Friday, April 3rd @ 7pm)
1210 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO

When: February 18, 2015 through April 5, 2015
then at:

The Vaughn Cultural Center, 3701 Grandel Square, with a reception and Name Reading Ceremony, April 16th, 5-7pm honoring 45 young victims of gun violence in the metro St. Louis area. You can see a taping of the Naming ceremony on our facebook page.
Join us in honoring the memory of each child. We are approaching 50 portraits of young gun violence victims 21 and under, now completed by area artists.

Check it out on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefacesprojectstlmo

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Congrats to our Design Competition Challenge Winner Chris Carl, and our runner-up Matt Bird.
Thanks to you all, we raised over TWICE what we took in last year!

An enormous thank you to:

Ken and Nancy Kranzberg​ , and Kranzberg Arts Center​
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
Lafayette Square Restoration committee
DJM Ecological Services, Inc.​
ShowMe Rain Gardens​
Dynamic Arts, LLC​

Artists- Gina Alvarez​, Tate Foley​, Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann​, Angela Malchionno​, Lyndsey Scott​, Ilene Berman​, Cameron Fuller​, David Johnson​, Sarah Paulsen​, Mel Watkin​, Matt Bird​, Chris Carl​

Silent Auction Donors

Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center​ World Chess Hall of Fame​, Vincenzo’s​, Ferguson Brewing Company​, Cork Wine Bar​, Whistle Stop Frozen Custard​, Cose Dolci Bakery​, The Tivoli Theatre​, Vintage Vinyl – St. Louis​, Schlafly Bottleworks​, Drunken Fish​, Left Bank Books​

And our excellent sound artists, poets, and musicians

Jessica Baran, Buzz Spector​ Stephanie Schlaifer​, Jeff Hamilton, Brett Williams​, Kevin Harris​, and Pretty Little Empire​

We want to thank EVERYONE who came out, and also a special thanks to Sarah and Tracy Gomillion​, our volunteers, our committee members, and KDHX’s Jean Ponzi and Earthworms.

Check out photos from the event below:

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HomeGrown_fundraiser poster Celebrate our community–the people, creatives, and businesses that make St. Louis special. Impact your community by fostering sustainability and art on the same ticket. Critical Mass presents: Homegrown for the Visual Arts – A Sustainability-Minded Fundraiser. Event Breakdown

  • Rain Garden Design Competition: Local creatives put their talents to work inventing sustainable solutions for urban gardening.
  • Silent Auction and Exhibition: Creative Stimulus winners display and auction off their work for the benefit of Critical Mass for the Visual Arts, and thus, the local art scene.
  • Entertainment featuring Pretty Little Empire, Robert Goetz, and Brett Williams.
  • Cash bar and ambiance in beautiful Grand Center.

All proceeds directly support Critical Mass for Visual Arts programming and provide awards to talented area artists to further and support their practices. Support sustainable solutions and local art–your support helps us bloom!

Details

Time: Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 -11:00 pm Location: Kranzberg Arts Center – 501 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 Tickets: $20 online, or $25 at the door Get tickets here.


Thanks to MSD and the Kranzberg Art Center for their generous support of this year’s Homegrown! download (3) Directions: Homegrown will be held at the Kranzberg Arts Center this year. 501 North Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103. For those of you taking public transportation, the Kranzberg is just a short walk from the Grand Metrolink Stop (see map below) walking From Grand Station to the Kranzberg Arts Center


This year’s silent auction will feature the work of former Creative Stimulus Award-winners: Stimulated: An Exhibition of work by Creative Stimulus Award winners Since 2008 Critical Mass for the Visual Arts has provided local artists with funding and an opportunity to show their work in a group exhibition through the Creative Stimulus Award Program. During that time period over 20 local artists have received the Creative Stimulus Award, with many of them going on to receive other prestigious local and national grants, residencies, and exhibition opportunities. Stimulated is an exhibition of artworks donated by Creative Stimulus Award winning artists including: Gina Alvarez, Ilene Berman, Tate Foley, Cameron Fuller, Christine Ilewski, David Johnson, Asma Kazmi, Angela Malchionno, Sarah Paulsen, Lyndsey Scott, B.j. Vogt, and Mel Watkin. The artworks in this exhibition will be on view from March 21st through April 26th, and will be sold during a silent auction on the evening of March 28th at the HomeGrown Fundraising Event. The proceeds from this auction and event go to support Critical Mass’ programming, which includes the Creative Stimulus Award program.

Sarah Weinman wrote an article in the Jewish Light about Stimulated : check it out here


Stimulated: An Exhibition of work by Creative Stimulus Award winners

Since 2008 Critical Mass for the Visual Arts has provided local artists with funding and an opportunity to show their work in a group exhibition through the Creative Stimulus Award Program. During that time period over 20 local artists have received the Creative Stimulus Award, with many of them going on to receive other prestigious local and national grants, residencies, and exhibition opportunities.

Stimulated is an exhibition of artworks donated by Creative Stimulus Award winning artists including: Gina Alvarez, Ilene Berman, Tate Foley, Cameron Fuller, Christine Ilewski, David Johnson, Asma Kazmi, Angela Malchionno, Sarah Paulsen, Lyndsey Scott, B.j. Vogt, and Mel Watkin. The artworks in this exhibition will be on view from March 21st through April 26th, and will be sold during a silent auction on the evening of March 28th at the HomeGrown Fundraising Event. The proceeds from this auction and event go to support Critical Mass’ programming, which includes the Creative Stimulus Award program.

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We’d like to officially thank our many generous Creative Stimulus winners, who have donated works to the Homegrown’s ‘Stimulated’ exhibition.  You all are amazing, and we couldn’t do this without you! Thanks to :

Gina Alvarez
Ilene Berman
Tate Foley
Cameron Fuller
Christine Ilewski
David Johnson
Angela Malchionno
Sarah Paulsen
Lyndsey Scott
& Mel Watkin

Their works will be up for bid during Homegrown (Saturday, March 28 8-11pm at the Kranzberg Arts Center)! Don’t forget, tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homegrown-for-the-arts-tickets-15353302140

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