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.
Episode 56 of 5 Questions features curator Gretchen Wagner. Gretchen is a curator, art historian, and writer based in St. Louis. She has completed projects featuring modern and contemporary art at institutions internationally, including the St. Louis Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, International Print Center New York, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, and Williams College Museum of Art, among others. Her projects explore diverse themes including, the investigation of global abstraction and conceptualism, art and the environment, and the intersection of public and institutional space. Wagner holds degrees in Art. History from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and Williams College.
Marking the organization’s 12th year of support for St. Louis-based contemporary artists, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts annually awards the Creative Stimulus Award to three artists. Featured in this exhibition are the 2020 and 2021 award recipients: José Garza, Yowshien Kuo, Marina Peng, Janie Stamm, Simiya Sudduth, and Chloe West. Curated by Yvonne Osei. Organized and sponsored by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts in collaboration with COCA’s Millstone Gallery.
Where: Millstone Gallery 6880 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130
When: Opened April 1- Closed May 1.