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-Mike Behle


This episode we’re talking with Mike Behle, an artist, educator, and community arts organizer based in St. Louis, Missouri.  His work has been exhibited extensively at venues including: Laumeier Sculpture Park, Phillips de Pury, Art Resources Transfer,  Aqua Art, Next Art Fair, Mitchell Museum, Puerto Rico International Art Fair, Sotheby’s, and The Underground,  among others. He received  his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and his Master of  Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University. Behle is a fellow of the Vermont Studio Center, and  the Community Arts Training Program through the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. In  2012 Behle founded Paul Artspace, a residency program located in St. Louis, Missouri, and in  2014 he co-founded Museum Blue, a project space also located in St. Louis. He has served as  an independent curator on numerous projects for national and international exhibitions. His work  has received support in grants and fellowships from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the  Regional Arts Commission, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Behle has served as  a guest lecturer and visiting professor at venues and institutions throughout the world. Last year,  a solo show of his work (Searching for Summary) was on view at the Greg Hardwick Gallery at  Columbia College. He currently serves as Associate Chairperson in the Department of Art and  Design at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Covid-19 Local Artist Roundtable

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.