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-Emma Vidal

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This 5 Questions, we interview Emma Vidal! The evocative drawings and sculptures by Emma Vidal lure the viewer into a world where time is suspended. In this environment human beings are depicted as a tribe of feral children named the “Lost Boys”. Often naked, tattooed with baroque style patterns and graffiti—they appear to be engaged in some sort of quest picking through the detritus of a destroyed civilization to birth a new world built on myth, wonder and mystery. Born in Marseille, France in 1992, Vidal graduated from The Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design London in 2014 and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She also holds an Art Market master degree from The INSEEC Business School Paris. Since 2016 she has been based in St. Louis, MO where she discovered her love of ceramic in St. Louis studio at the Intersect Arts Center. In 2018 she was included in Volta Art Basel in Switzerland and DDessin Drawing Art Fair Paris in France. Since 2012, Vidal has been exhibiting her work in prestigious institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum London, Plymouth Arts Center, the Intersect Arts Center St. Louis, the Wellcome Collection Museum London, the Royal West of England Academy Bristol and the Jerwood Space London. Solo exhibitions include the Oneiro Gallery Paris, Hoffman Lachance Contemporary St. Louis and Espace12 Marseille.Emma’s work is currently part of a three-woman show at Gallery 210 in the Exposure series entitled: Exposure 21- Three Myths.

Creative Stimulus 2021- Call for Art- Deadline November 19, 2020


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 opportunityto 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. Applications are due November 19, 2020 by 6:00 PM to

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 2020- 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!