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- Marina Peng


Check out the first episode of 5 Questions created entirely from quarantine! This time, we chat with Marina Peng about her work, our present reality, and add a sixth topical question to our lineup, albeit temporarily. Marina is a multimedia installation artist. She received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at spaces including 50/50 (Kansas City, MO), ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL), Open House (Kansas City, MO), The Luminary, Granite City Art and Design District, and Flood Plain. She has attended residencies at ACRE, Caldera Arts, Elsewhere, OTIS College of Art & Design, and Paul Artspace. Recent awards include a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, a Futures Fund grant, and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. In addition to her practice, she is a co-organizer of Public Service Announcement:, a public art site located in the Marine Villa neighborhood of 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.


Announcing Creative Stimulus Winners- Yowshien Kuo, Marina Peng, and Janie Stamm!


Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 11th annual Creative Stimulus Award. This year’s selected artists are Yowshien Kuo, Marina Peng and Janie Stamm! All three artists have episodes available (for your listening pleasure) on 5 Questions!