Great Rivers Biennial

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Brandon Anschultz: Suddenly Last Summer, installation view, Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 9–August 9, 2014. Photo: David Johnson.

Carlie Trosclair: Exfoliation, installation view, Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 9–August 9, 2014. Photo: David Johnson.e Info

Cayce Zavaglia: Recto │Verso, installation view, Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 9–August 9, 2014. Photo: David Johnson.

Brandon Anschultz: Suddenly Last Summer, installation view, Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 9–August 9, 2014. Photo: David Johnson.Carlie Trosclair: Exfoliation, installation view, Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 9–August 9, 2014. Photo: David Johnson.e InfoCayce Zavaglia: Recto │Verso, installation view, Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 9–August 9, 2014. Photo: David Johnson.

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.


CATEGORIES 

Drawing, film and video, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture 

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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. 

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS

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.

Questions? Email grb@camstl.org.
 



TIMELINE

  • 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

EXHIBITION PROCESS

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

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Valerie Cassel Oliver is the Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In 2014 she opened a major traveling survey of drawings by Houston-based and internationally recognized artist Trenton Doyle Hancock entitled Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing. In 2012 she mounted the project Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, currently touring through 2015. Cassel Oliver has organized numerous other exhibitions, including the survey Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein (2011); a major retrospective on Benjamin Patterson, Born in the State of Flux/us (2010); Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft (2010); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image with Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (2009); Black Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art (2007); the acclaimed Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005); and Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art (2003). Prior to her tenure at CAMH she was director of the Visiting Artist Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2000 she was one of six curators selected to organize the Biennial for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. 

Paul Pfeiffer

Paul Pfeiffer

Paul Pfeiffer is a sculptor, photographer, and video artist who lives and works in New York City. Often appropriating footage from such public sporting events as professional basketball and hockey games or the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, Pfeiffer uses recent computer technologies to examine the role that mass media plays in shaping human consciousness. Several of Pfeiffer’s sculptures include eerie, computer-generated re-creations of props from Hollywood thrillers and miniature dioramas of sets from such films as The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror. His work is represented in numerous collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica, California. Pfeiffer is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including a Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany (2011); the Alpert Award in the Arts, Visual Arts (2009); and the Bucksbaum Award, the world’s largest award given to an individual artist, presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art (2000). In 2003 a traveling retrospective of his work was organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s List Visual Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 

Ali Subotnick

Ali Subotnick

Ali Subotnick is a curator at Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum, where she has organized numerous exhibitions including, most recently, Mark Leckey: On Pleasure Bent (2013), LLYN FOULKES (2013), The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis(2010), and Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A. (2009). She co-curated Made in L.A. 2012 and organized the Venice Beach Biennial, a related weekend exhibition/event on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Upcoming projects include a mid-career survey of Frances Stark (opening in October 2015) and The Afghan Carpet Project (opening in June 2015). Subotnick oversees the Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency program, and she has curated numerous solo Hammer Projects exhibitions with the artists Yuri Ancarani, Neil Beloufa, Erin Cosgrove, Roberto Cuoghi, Nathalie Djurberg, Julian Hoeber, Jamie Isenstein, Stephen G. Rhodes, Erik van Lieshout, Kaari Upson, and Andra Ursuta (all debut American museum exhibitions for the artists), as well as Cyprien Gaillard, Nic Hess, Desirée Holman, Nathaniel Mellors, Yoshua Okón, Aïda Ruilova, Shirana Shahbazi, Mungo Thomson, and Ryan Trecartin. In 2006, along with her frequent collaborators, artist Maurizio Cattelan and curator Massimiliano Gioni, Subotnick co-curated Of Mice and Men, the fourth Berlin Biennial for contemporary art. She has written about art and culture for FriezeParkettARTnews, and ArtReview, among other publications.