Critical Mass

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.


Jessica Witte Recognized by Americans for the Arts in Public Art Review!


Congratulations to Jessica R Witte. Her project “Seed the Change” was just recognized by Americans for the Arts as part of their annual Public Art Review. Commissioned by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Thanks to the William E. Weiss Foundation for their support.

Critical Conversations – Making It Work – Video Now Available

Thanks to all those who helped make this happen, in particular to Adrienne Outlaw, Carlie Trosclair, Ellie Balk, Thomas Sleet, Sarah Griesbach, Lyndon Barrois Jr, and to you our community.

Fire Safety for Artists- Video Now Available

Workshop offered by VLAA, All the Art, and Critical Mass for the Visual Arts on May 11 at RAC.

5 Questions Podcast Ep. 4 – William Morris

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Check out 5 Questions – Episode 4 with the incomparable William Morris! William is an independent video producer and director working in St. Louis (not to mention a skilled provocateur). William is a winner of the 2015 Creative Stimulus Award (among several others).  You can find his work on Vimeo and here.  As the questions become more familiar, the answers grow increasingly unique. These short episodes will be released as we record them.

Creative Stimulus Project – Call for Applications- Due June 15, 2017

FINAL_logoCall for Applications – 2017

Since 2008, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts has recognized the needs of outstanding local visual artists through the Creative Stimulus Project. Building upon the mission of Critical Mass to promote and initiate contemporary visual art in St. Louis, the Creative Stimulus Project provides up to three artists or artist collaborations with $1,500 of unrestricted operating capital, the opportunity to exhibit their work in a group exhibition, and participation in the Critical Mass “Five Questions” podcast. Recipients are also eligible to curate future Creative Stimulus exhibitions. Award recipients will receive stipends based on the outstanding nature of their work and their commitment to advancement and career development. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury panel comprised of local artists, arts professionals, and former Creative Stimulus Award winners. Artists may use the non-matching stipends in any way to assist in the creation of new work or to contribute to the growth of their artistic career. Past recipients can be found at

Color Key May 5-August 13


Color Key is on part of Contemporary Art Museum’s Summer Exhibitions,  and is on display in the front gallery. Color Key features the winners of the Critical Mass for the Visual Arts 2016 Creative Stimulus Award, which is the 8th in a series. This year’s selected artists are Ellie Balk, Addoley Dzegede and Amy Reidel.