Wednesday, March 24, 2010

$1000 grant: Deadline 26 April 2010

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is offering four artists $1,000 for their use as creative operating capital along with the opportunity to present their work in a group exhibition or other public presentation. These stipends will be awarded to St. Louis area visual artists in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment to developing their own career. A panel of local artists and curators will be reviewing the submissions.

During these tough times, Critical Mass recognizes the need for artists to continue working and expanding their horizons. The Creative Stimulus Projects build upon the mission of Critical Mass, a self-formed visual art collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.

Artists may use the non-matching stipends in any way, as long as the funds contribute to the growth of their career. This funding is to be sought by artists wishing to pursue special projects that will broaden their experience, experiment with new techniques or deepen their understanding of their current working process. For example, they may purchase new equipment, rent larger studio space to prepare for an exhibition, or pay for insurance so that a project becomes possible.

Selection Criteria
· Artistic excellence and innovation as evidenced by past work.
· Proposed project activity can be achieved within a 1-year time-line.
· Clarity and creativity of the artist's idea.

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

Submission Requirements
1. A letter (2-page maximum) that presents a strong and clear artist statement and explains how you would like to use this stipend to expand, experiment, or explore.
2. A typed resume/CV no longer than 3 pages including current contact information and email address.
3. Up to 10 images of previous works submitted electronically or on CD or DVD. Or, artist may choose to submit 5 images and up to two websites and/or videos (60 second clips only on dvd or submitted electronically).

File Format: Images must be no more than 1920 pixels on the longest side and must be high quality JPG file format at 300 dpi. Do not submit TIFFs, PDFs, Word or any other non-JPG formats.

File Labeling: Files must use a zero in front of single digit numbers. Do not use more than 30 characters; use only letters, numbers and underscores.

Example: 01_Smith; 02_Smith. Mac OS users: Image files must be in JPEG format and include .jpg at the end of each image title. Example: 01_Smith.jpg.

Reporting Requirement
Upon completion of the accepted project year, recipients must provide Critical Mass with a follow-up artist statement/letter so that the organization can track and evaluate how funds are being used. The recipients of the stimulus funds will also participate in a four-person exhibition or other public presentation of their work in early 2011.

Selection Dates
April 26, 2010 – Submissions due, 4:00 PM
May 21, 2010 – Critical Mass Creative Stimulus projects announced

Send applications to
Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Projects
c/o Via Partnership
6677 Delmar Boulevard, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63130

Call or email Via Partnership with questions: (314) 664-5902 or Submissions may be emailed to this address as well.

The Creative Stimulus Project is supported in part by a grant from the Regional Arts Commission 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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