Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
This episode, we’re chatting with Juan William Chávez! Chávez is an artist and activist. His studio practice focuses on sculpting space within urban ecosystems through partnerships and collaborations as a way to address social and environmental issues. His work includes public sculptures, multimedia installations, paintings, drawings, and unconventional forms of beekeeping and agriculture. His exhibitions focus on themes of the urban environment, ecology, sustainability, craft/labor, activism, identity and archaeology of place. Chavez has exhibited at ArtPace, Van Abbemuseum, McColl Center for Art, Tube Factory Artspace, 21c Museum Hotel, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. His interdisciplinary approach to art has gained the attention and support of prestigious institutions like the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, ArtPlace America, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Art Matters Foundation. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
On Wednesday April 29 we co-hosted with Midwest Artist Project Services a local artist virtual roundtable via Zoom.The discussion was led by Mallory Nezam and featured panelists Dail Chambers, Pacia Elaine Anderson, Juan William Chavez and Alicia Brown. The audio can be found on the 5 Questions Podcast or at the link above. During the event, Sarah Paulsen captured the conversation with live drawings.
Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 11th annual Creative Stimulus Award. This year’s selected artists are Yowshien Kuo, Marina Peng and Janie Stamm! All three artists have episodes available (for your listening pleasure) on 5 Questions!