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.


Call for Proposals- Public Works Project – Due March 5

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Critical Mass for the Visual Arts invites artists from the St. Louis metropolitan area to submit an idea or concept that you would like to explore though a temporary outdoor work of art for Downtown St. Louis in the area supported by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation (described below). The selected artist will receive up to $10,000 to realize his/her idea for the summer/fall of 2018. Submissions are due Monday, March 5, 2018.

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Contact: Meridith McKinley

5 Questions Episode 12 – Sage Dawson


Join the 5 Questions crew as they chat with Sage Dawson! Sage tells us about her work (including Common Shift), and the foundations of her practice and boundless curiosity. Through acts of care, her work creates moments of protest vis-a-vis present oppressive realities, and asks for something more from the audience. Sage is a Saint Louis-based artist, curator, and educator. Her work examines dwelling rights, land use, and the identity of spaces. She teaches at Washington University, is a founding member of Monaco, and directs STNDRD–a gallery project examining the power and potentiality of flags as cultural objects that abstract, encapsulate, and canonize. Sage holds an MFA + Museum Studies minor from the University of New Mexico. Sage has exhibited and lectured at various sites including the Center for Contemporary Printmaking – Norwalk, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Boston University, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the City University of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Seed Space, Pyramid Atlantic, the Springfield Art Museum, Roman Susan, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the Terrain Biennial, Heaven Gallery, the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, Notre Dame University, US Mission to the African Union – Ethiopia, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts – China, and the International Print Center New York. Sage’s work has appeared in Elephant Magazine, From Here to There published by Princeton Architectural Press, Dwell Magazine, Art in Print, and Hyperallergic.

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.