Established in 2003, the Great Rivers Biennial is a collaborative exhibition program presented by CAM and the Gateway Foundation. This major initiative identifies talented emerging and mid-career artists working in the greater St. Louis metro area, provides them with financial assistance, and elevates their profile across the Midwest and national arts communities. Up to three winners receive $20,000 and will be featured in the next Great Rivers Biennial exhibition at CAM, May 6–August 7, 2016.
Drawing, film and video, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture
- Artist must currently reside in the metro area, including St. Louis City and the counties of St. Louis, Jefferson, and St. Charles in Missouri or St. Clair and Madison in Illinois.
- Artist must have lived in the St. Louis metro area (six counties) for at least one year prior to the application deadline (May 4, 2015).
- Artist must continue to reside in the St. Louis metro area during the designated planning, production, and exhibition period (March 2015–August 2016).
- Artist may not have previously received a Great Rivers Biennial award.
- Artist may be a degree-seeking graduate student. All other students are ineligible.
- Artist must be available for studio visits with the jurors June 21–23, 2015, 9:00 am–7:00 pm. Alternative spaces may be arranged if artist does not have a studio. The jurors will choose ten semi-finalists who will receive these visits. Visits must be in-person, not by phone or video.
A panel of distinguished jurors—Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Paul Pfeiffer, inter-disciplinary artist; and Ali Subotnick, Curator at the Hammer Museum—will review all submissions that meet the eligibility requirements.
The jurors will choose ten semi-finalists and visit these artists’ studios, June 21–23, 2015. Afterward, the jurors will select up to three winners. CAM curatorial staff may also attend the studio visits; however the selection process will be made exclusively by the three jurors.
Thursday, March 19, 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 4, 11:00 am
In collaboration with CAM, Midwest Artist Project Services (MAPS) will facilitate a workshop (offered twice) about creating the best possible application. Artists can ask questions and learn more about the application process, expectations of the jurors, and other helpful details. The workshop will also be recorded and made available online. Click here to download tips provided by MAPS.
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- Application deadline
May 4, 2015, midnight
- Ten semi-finalists chosen
June 9, 2015
- Studio visits
June 21–23, 2015
- Winners announced
June 29, 2015
- Exhibition on view
May 6–August 7, 2016
Once the jurors have selected the artists, all exhibition communications, logistics, follow-up studio visits, and installation of artwork will be with the CAM curatorial department. Chief Curator Jeffrey Uslip will act as the organizing curator of the exhibition, and artists will work closely with Uslip for the successful implementation of their exhibition.
Artists will have from July 2015 to mid-April 2016 to complete the artwork for their exhibitions.
Great Rivers Biennial 2016 Jurors