Opens May 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm- Closes August 13, 2017
Curator: Meghan Grubb
Color Key will open at the Contemporary Art Museum – St. Louis (May 5 at 7:00 pm) in the front gallery along with other CAM Summer Exhibitions. Color Key features the winners of the Critical Mass for the Visual Arts 2016 Creative Stimulus Award, which is the 8th in a series. This year’s selected artists are Ellie Balk, Addoley Dzegede and Amy Reidel. 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 2017. 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.
Ellie Balk is a public artist whose work centers on mathematics and data visualization. Through color and abstraction, she creates systems to tell information. Balk is inspired by data as a means to ignite investigation and interaction. For her public art murals, Balk involves the community in the making of art, allowing people to experience a connection to the space and to each other. In the studio she creates systems for documenting space, time and sound by creating work that allows for interactive visual play, utilizing painting, printmaking, stained glass and sculpture. Her numerous murals can be found throughout New York, and recently at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis. Balk has a MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Addoley Dzegede is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist living in St Louis. Her practice is idea-driven, mixed media and, through a combination of words and images, investigates notions of belonging, home, location, and identity. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and she has been an artist-in-residence at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland, Foundation Obras in Portugal, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland,, as well as a post-graduate apprentice at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. She received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and was awarded a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship at Washington University in St Louis, where she completed an MFA degree in Visual Art in 2015.
Amy Reidel’s multimedia work uses scientific image bases including Doppler radar, geologic minerals and color MRI’s as a metaphor to signify emotional and physical conditions. She fabricates relationships between this colorful imagery, religious icons and family portraits to communicate ideas of loss, mortality, immortality, joy and love. Through the portrayals of changing atmospheric and bodily conditions, viewers can question these codes of danger and potentially see the beauty within them. Her work has been exhibited at the Amarillo Museum of Art (Texas), The Ewing Gallery (Knoxville), and the The Luminary Center for the Arts (St. Louis). She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Tennessee and her BFA from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.