Announcing the 2013 Creative Stimulus project winners:
Carlie Trosclair is an installation artist who uses malleable materials such as fabric and wallpaper to re-create spaces into re-imagined realities that engineer an experience focused on the visceral and psychological elements of embodied perception. 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 (MO). Trosclair is the recipient of a 2013 Regional Arts Commission Artists Support Grant and the 2012 Riverfront Times MasterMind Award. Trosclair has completed artist residencies at ACRE (WI), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Woodside Contemporary Artists Center (NY), and The Luminary Center for the Arts (MO). Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Antenna Gallery (New Orleans), Hartnett Gallery (NY), and an artist residency at chashama (NY) this fall.
Christine Ilewski is an Illinois based artist who works in paint, creating pieces with great personal meaning. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Fine Arts in Prints as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education (K-12) from the University of Southern Illinois, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. Christine’s work has also been collected, and resides in cultural institutions such as the Alton History and Art Museum.
Ilene Berman is a St. Louis-based sculptor using the best practices of creative placemaking, such as play-streets, pop-up experiences and grassroots collaboration, to create a collection of site-specific arts engagements aimed at addressing issues of social justice. Her practice is based on her belief that art can (and should) change the world. She understands change to be the result of small shifts often expressed through simple artful gestures. She has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will begin a two-year post doc position in Social Practice in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of St. Louis University in the Fall of 2013. Her work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, the St. Louis Beacon and on the BBC. For the past five years her practice has primarily been focused on seeking to address the Delmar Divide by developing a more visible arts presence in the blocks of the Grand Center Arts District, north of Delmar.