Creative Stimulus Project Applications Due June 1- 5:00 pm


Creative Stimulus Project – Call to Artists

Applications due: Monday, June 1st, 2015 by 5:00pm

Click the link below for a PDF of the Call to Artists

Creative Stimulus Call to Artists 2015_Completed

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 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, as well as the chance to exhibit their work in a group exhibition.

Award recipients will receive stipends based on the outstanding nature of their work and their commitment to advancement and career-development. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury panel comprised of local artists, arts professionals, and former Creative Stimulus Award winners. Past recipients include: Jessica Baran, Martin Brief, Tate Foley, Cameron Fuller, Emily Hemeyer, Sarrita Hunn, David Johnson, Asma Kazmi, Angela Malchionno, Sarah Paulsen, Carlie Trosclair, and Mel Watkin. *For a full list of past recipients please visit the Critical Mass website:

Artists may use the non-matching stipends in any way to assist in the creation of new work or to contribute to the growth of their career. The award should make possible an experience or project that the artist would otherwise be unable to pursue.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic excellence and innovation as evidenced by past work.
  • Well articulated statement of how the award will allow you to realize new work and/or advance your career.

This call is open to established and emerging artists who live within a 100-mile radius of St. Louis.

Selection Dates

June 1, 2015 – Applications due, 4:00 PM

June 2015 – Critical Mass Creative Stimulus recipients notified

June 5, 2015 – Exhibit opening for 2014 recipients

June 16, 2015- Gallery Talk and announcement of 2015 recipients

All applications must be submitted electronically

Attachments can total no more than 5MB in a single e-mail. If necessary, please divide images into multiple e-mail messages or use or a similar file sharing service. Call or email Meridith McKinley with any questions: 314-735-9268

The Creative Stimulus Project is supported in part by a grant from the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council, and by generous donations from individuals who believe that supporting and promoting local artists makes St. Louis a better place to live.

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