The April CRUSH - the boiling point, the pinnacle, the acme, the zenith - is CRITICAL MASS 5. This annual Invitational Exhibition encourages Northwest Louisiana artists to perform, present, and/or exhibit one performing and visual artwork for critique by nationally recognized critics and compete for the “Best of Show” recognition. Winner receive a $2,000 cash award to mount a solo visual exhibition, performance, and literary exhibition in July to be reviewed by the same critics. Reviews are published in The Times and Forum News Magazine.
Experience Northwest Louisiana’s finest visual and literary artists. More than 130 artists will be on display. This year’s visual art critic is Robert Pincus, Ph.D., and the literary critic is David Kipen.
OPENING and AWARDS: Thursday, April 6, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The CRITICAL Mass 5 Exhibit Opening Reception & Award Announcement will be held at artspace.
7:00 p.m. Literary Review & Award Announcement
7:30 p.m. Visual Review & Award Announcement
Robert Pincus has garnered many journalism prizes for his art reviews and commentary, including the Chemical Bank award for distinguished newspaper art criticism. He has a combined Ph.D. in English and Art History and teaches at California State University Long Beach. Pincus has written for Art News and Art in America for three decades and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Artbound, the Los Angeles cultural journalism PBS site.
David Kipen is the former literary director for the National Endowment of the Arts where he directed The Big Read. The former book critic and book editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and contributor to multiple volumes of California cultural history, Kipen holds a degree in literature from Yale University. Mr. Kipen founded Libros Schmibros, a lending library in the historic Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles and teaches in the UCLA writing program.
EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday, April 6 – Saturday, June 3