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.


5 Questions Episode 9- Carlie Trosclaircarlie

Join us for our latest episode in which we pose 5 questions (perhaps more like 10 questions this time – sorry Carlie) to the incomparable Carlie Trosclair! Carlie is an installation artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. Trosclair earned an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, a BFA from Loyola University New Orleans, and is a Fellow of the Community Arts Training Institute. Approached through a lens of reordering and discovery, Trosclair’s site sensitive installations create new topographies and narratives that highlight structural and decorative shifts that evolve over a building’s lifespan. Trosclair completed residencies at MASS MoCA; Assets for Artists (MA), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (NE), Oxbow (MI), Playa (OR), ACRE (WI), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Woodside Contemporary Artists Center (NY), chashama (NY) and The Luminary Center for the Arts (MO). Trosclair is the recipient of the Riverfront Time’s Mastermind Award, Creative Stimulus Award, Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellowship, and the Great Rivers Biennial. 5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.

Thank You

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Our profound thanks to all those who donated to and attended our fundraiser on October 14! It is through your support that we are able to continue to offer programs like Creative Stimulus, Critical Conversations, and the Public Works Project. Special thanks to Wolfpeach Society, and to our sponsors Billy Goat Chips and Landmark Tivoli Theater for their support!


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.


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.