Critical Mass for the Visual Arts

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.


5 Questions Episode 10 – Adrienne Outlaw


Join Joe, Brett, and Sarah as they interview Adrienne Outlaw for Critical Mass for the Visual Art’s latest 5 Questions Podcast!  Adrienne Outlaw is a socially engaged artist whose work addresses issues of individual and communal health. She has exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad in Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea and Nigeria. She’s shown in more than two dozen museums nationally including MASS MOCA, Islip Art Museum, MOCA Fort Collins, Cheekwood and the Tennessee State Museum. She’s had solo exhibitions in Wyoming, San Diego, Atlanta, North Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee and Chicago. A dozen exhibition catalogs and three art books feature her work, which has been positively reviewed in such publications as Art in America, Sculpture, Art Papers, and World Sculpture News. Outlaw is the recipient of grants, awards, and fellowships from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and of course Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Her art is in such collections as the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, the Public Library of Davidson County and Vanderbilt University. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Liberal Arts and Science degree from Vanderbilt University. Two years ago Outlaw moved from Nashville to St. Louis. Adrienne’s got some big ideas in store for St. Louis, and she’s reaching out to the community to make good on them.  We can’t wait to see what happens!


Announcing 2017 Creative Stimulus Awardees- Kahlil Irving, Adrienne Outlaw, and Sage Dawson!


Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 9th annual Creative Stimulus Award. This year’s selected artists are Kahlil Irving, Adrienne Outlaw, and Sage Dawson .

Creative Stimulus awards unrestricted funding to support artists to pursue special projects, experiment with new techniques, and deepen their understanding of their working processes. Each artist will receive an award of $1,500 for their use as creative operating capital along with the opportunity to present their work in an exhibition in 2018. The artists were selected by a jury from nearly 40 St. Louis-area visual artists who applied for this award, which recognizes artists for their outstanding work and commitment to developing their careers. The Creative Stimulus Award is supported by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and individuals who believe that supporting and promoting local artists makes St. Louis a better place to live.


Jessica Witte Recognized by Americans for the Arts in Public Art Review!


Congratulations to Jessica R Witte. Her project “Seed the Change” was just recognized by Americans for the Arts as part of their annual Public Art Review. Commissioned by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Thanks to the William E. Weiss Foundation for their support.