2018 Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award Exhibition
Curated by Amy Reidel
The 2018 Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award Winners Yvonne Osei, Edo Rosenblith, and Steph Zimmerman work in in extremely different methods and media. Yet all three artists source informational and material communication from others, whether it’s asking peer artists to construct a self-portrait, repurposing the discards of anonymous litterers, or wandering the streets of colonizing cities in search of the “Discoverer.” The works of Osei, Rosenblith, and Zimmerman have disparate motivations and resulting aesthetics, but a similar spirit of searching — the search for self, purpose, and untold histories.
Yvonne Osei has an MFA from Washington University and a MA in Fashion Design and Business from Lindenwood University. She is the curator for the Millstone Gallery, COCA. Osei has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in St. Louis, Chicago, Portugal, France, Ghana, and more. She was the 2018 St. Louis Visionary Award Winner for Emerging Artist and is represented by Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis.
Edo Rosenblith has a BFA from RISD and an MFA from Washington University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and at Paul Artspace in St. Louis. Rosenblith received an Artist Support Grant form the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and has been published in New American Paintings.
Steph Zimmerman has a BFA in Digital Imaging & Photography from Washington University and has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2010. Zimmerman has been awarded the Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and has attended residences at Paul Artspace, Vermont Studio Center, and Arteles Creative Center in Haukijarvi, Finland.
Amy Reidel is co-founder of All the Art: The Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis as well as a St. Louis-based artist who has exhibited work nationally since getting her BFA from UM-St. Louis and MFA at the University of Tennessee. She has been awarded residences and exhibitions at ACRE projects, Vermont Studio Ceter, the David and Julia White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica, and at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis. In 2014 and 2019, Reidel was awarded an Artists’ Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and in 2016, the Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award.