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 13 – Gina Alvarez


Join us for a lively conversation on our 1 year anniversary episode of 5 Questions with the always exuberant Gina Alvarez. Gina talks endgame, art-making, St. Louis as place, and the importance of fostering creative impulses in our community, children, and of course ourselves. Gina is a multi-disciplinary artist and wisconsin native who received her BA from the College of Charleston SC in  printmaking and costume design. In 2000, she moved to  St. Louis to pursue her MFA at Washington University in printmaking and drawing. Gina creates sculptural objects and installations using ceramics, glass, fiber and print techniques, and has shown in solo and group exhibitions including the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Gallery 210, Boots Contemporary Art, the Center for Creative Arts, Craft Alliance, the Des Lee Gallery, Pele Prints and fort gondo. Gina is a graduate of RAC’s CAT institute, and  has received numerous recognition from both local and national organizations including Critical Mass for the Visual Arts among others. She has been working in the academic and non-profit sector in St. Louis for over ten years, leading Washington University students in their semester abroad travels and teaching printmaking at several colleges and universities around St. Louis. She has also managed and booked exhibitions for several venues including Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts. Most recently Gina was the gallery and education director for the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Galleries. She is currently the Executive Director for VSA Missouri, the statewide organization on Arts and Disability that provides opportunities for artists with disabilities to pursue their passion for art making.

Call for Proposals- Public Works Project – Due March 5

public works

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts invites artists from the St. Louis metropolitan area to submit an idea or concept that you would like to explore though a temporary outdoor work of art for Downtown St. Louis in the area supported by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation (described below). The selected artist will receive up to $10,000 to realize his/her idea for the summer/fall of 2018. Submissions are due Monday, March 5, 2018.

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Contact: Meridith McKinley


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.