Critical Mass 2 (Opening & Event)

The 2014, CRITICAL MASS 2 @ artspace Exhibition brings three nationally renowned Critics so that awards can be presented in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts.  All artists in the Northwest Louisiana area have been invited to submit to the second installment of this show.



Three years ago, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Rocco Landesman, made a visit to Shreveport to announce a major grant award that would jumpstart the planning and vision process for Shreveport Common.  In an effort to ensure that the NEA Chairman would “see” the NWLA Arts Community, a last minute Exhibition opportunity, IMPROMTU, was created at artspace.  During the series, IMPROMPTU critic Robert L. Pincus, Ph.D, met with area artists who urged that a system of formal critique could advance professionalism in the Arts in Northwest Louisiana.


The Shreveport Regional Arts Council submitted a successful grant to the NEA to produce a two-year Critics’ Series inspired by the success of the artspace IMPROMPTU Exhibition and subsequent conversation.  Returning IMPROMPTU critic Robert L. Pincus, PhD has selected highly regarded critics who will each provide progressive reviews of the exhibitions and artists within this series.  As curator of the series, Robert Pincus will oversee efforts to encourage national publications to publish the critics’ reviews.



The three Critics (Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts) will ALSO review the NWLA Artist Directory to determine which Artists will move from “Directory” to the designation of “Roster” Artist; referring those Artists in NWLA who are considered professional based upon the quality of the body of work, the resume that indicates strong achievement in Artistic Production and Exhibition, and the Artist’s Statement that contextualizes the artwork and the direction that the Artist intends to go. Each Critic will review the Directory Listings according to the Category of his/her expertise. The due date for revising, updating, or submitting to the NWLA Artists Directory is MIDNIGHT, Saturday, February 15.


CRITICAL MASS 2 AWARDS________________

The 2014 CRITICAL MASS 2 Exhibition/Presentation will bring a Visual, Literary and Performing Arts Critic.  CRITICAL MASS 2 will feature the presentation of THREE “$2,000 Best of Show” Awards!  There will be an award for each of the three categories:  Visual, Performance and Literary.


{C}A.    Visual Entries will be reviewed in a “LIVE” setting prior to the Opening of the Exhibition, and will be reviewed/awarded on Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.


{C}B.    Literary Entries will be submitted digitally and will be reviewed by the Critic in a remote setting.  The review and awards will be presented via “Skype Conversation” at the Opening of the Exhibition on Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.


{C}C.    The Performance Works (group or individual) will be submitted digitally and will be reviewed by the Critic in a remote setting. Up to five (5) finalists will be selected and will each produce a 30 minute performance to be presented in a highly public staged event on Wednesday, August 6.  A “$2,000 Best of Show” for a Performance will be awarded two days later, with a full critical review, on Friday, August 8, 2104