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 11 – Kahlil Irving


Join Joe and Brett as they interview Kahlil Irving for our latest 5 Questions Podcast! Kahlil Robert Irving is a multimedia artist. Irving completed his BFA in art history and ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute. In May of 2017, Irving earned his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art. During graduate school, Irving was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. Currently, he is the 2017/ 2018 Alice C. Cole Fellow at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  In the summer of 2016, Irving was a resident artist at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. This summer, Irving completed his first solo exhibition in New York City at Callicoon Fine Arts. Most recently, he was awarded the Lighton exchange grant to be a resident artist at the University of Pecs ceramics department, in Pecs, Hungary.  His work is in the collections of the Riga Porcelain Museum, in Riga, Latvia; Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Art in Kecskemet, Hungary; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas. Kahlil has a lot of interesting ideas for our city, our region, and for getting the word out about one’s art and place. Check out this episode on our site, or wherever you get your podcasts. 


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.