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 14- Jessica Witte


Join us for the latest 5 Questions podcast in which we chat with Jessica Witte, winner of last year’s Public Works Project. Jess gives us her take on constructive chaos, states of flux, and small acts that culminate in a fragile construct that explodes in a brief and glorious moment. Jessica Witte is a nationally-exhibited, award-winning artist.  Her multi-media work has been included in over 50 exhibitions at venues such as the San Diego Art Institute, the Textile Center (Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL), Koehline Museum of Art (Des Plaines, IL),  Maas Gallery (Purchase, NY), Good Citizen Gallery (St. Louis, MO), Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), WomanMade Gallery and Beverly Art Center (both Chicago, IL). Her recent work includes Critical Mass for the Visual Arts’ Public Works Project ‘Seed the Change’, for which she was awarded $10,000, and was recognized by Americans for the Arts as part of their annual public art review in 2017.

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


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.