In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Explore the opportunities of Critical Mass

It's an event where you will see, hear, and read what's new from Northwest Louisiana artists.

While creating this story, one word kept coming up over and over again. “Opportunity.” Critical Mass is indeed an opportunity in so many ways. For the people of Northwest Louisiana, it’s the opportunity to see what’s new in the local art world for free. For the artists, it’s the opportunity to showcase their new works with the hope of selling their work and having national critics review their creations.

critical mass performance

Critical Mass contains three major elements: Performance, Literary, and Visual. Kicking things off, you’ll see dancers, musicians, singers, and spoken word artists as they take the stage on Tuesday, March 5. It starts at 6:00pm at the Central ARTSTATION (801 Crockett). Critics Manuel Mendoza and Lauren Smart will be on hand to watch and judge the “Best in Show.”

critical mass readings

Literary artists submitted 10 pages of their work to be reviewed by critic David Ulin. Each work will be on display for you to read during the main exhibition. As a special treat, you are invited to come to Central ARTSTATION for the Literary readings. Authors who submitted to Critical Mass will read their entry. It will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 7.
CRITICAL MASS 7

Then on Friday, March 8, the exhibition opens featuring the visual and literary artists. See all of the artwork (over 100 pieces) at artspace (710 Texas St). Visual art critic Ann Hackett will attend to review the works . Between 5:30pm-6:30pm, the art critics will review their category and declare the “Best in Show” winners. After 6:30pm, the party starts to celebrate all of the great work done by Northwest Louisiana artists. It’s one of the few times that you can meet so many artists and perhaps purchase something one-of-a-kind.

For the artist, this competition is a chance to show off their new work. Every artist who enters gets to meet with the critics for a professional review of their work and their portfolio on the Northwest Louisiana Artists Directory. Hopefully, the critique will help make the art in our area grow. The winners of “Best of Show” will receive a $2,000 prize to help them create a show that will open early 2020.

Critical Mass is part of Culture Crush week by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. See the Collectible Artists Exhibition at Central ARTSTATION on Wednesday, March 6 at 5:00pm. It’s happening during the March Shreveport Downtown Artwalk. Then on Saturday, March 9, visit artists in their creative workspaces during the NWLA Artist Studio Tours. Don’t miss this opportunity.