Thanks to all who came out to the Sheldon last night for the Creative Stimulus Award Exhibiting Artists’ Gallery talk. We heard some great discussion on how Tate Foley, David Johnson, and Mel Watkin each came to their particular subject matter and processes. There was a wonderful underlying theme of discovery, seeking meaning, and making connections.Whether it was Tate’s discussion of the aesthetics of commodity culture via trading cards, tales from ‘Photo Dave’ Johnson about his interaction with the festival-goers at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Central Texas, or a fascinating plunge into Mel’s  growth and influence, which span all the way from arborculture to ancient Roman murals.

At the end of the evening, we announced the winners for 2015 who will be participating in next year’s show- congrats to Meghan Grubb, William Morris, and Brett Williams. In 2016, they will participate in an exhibition curated by a former Creative Stimulus winner (to be determined). Thanks also to all who applied this year, and to everyone who came out to see the award announced.

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Creative Stimulus Project – Call to Artists

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

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

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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.

Selection Dates

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

June 2015 – Critical Mass Creative Stimulus recipients notified

June 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 ormckinley@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.

Check out the video of our first Critical Conversations Event on Socially Engaged Art!

This took place May 6 at the Stage at KDHX. Panelists were Freida L. Wheaton, Marcis Curtis, Christine Ilewski, and Stefani Weedon-Smith. Moderator was Susan Colangelo.

We are proud to have worked with the St. Louis community to start this conversation- and we intend to bring even more Critical Conversations to you starting this fall.

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

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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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