CAM Announces $20,000 Winners In Great Rivers Biennial 2014

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture
Winners receive $20,000 and an exhibition at CAM.

Winners receive $20,000 and an exhibition at CAM.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis—along with the Gateway Foundation—has announced the three artists selected for the Great Rivers Biennial 2014. Brandon Anschultz, Carlie Trosclair and Cayce Zavaglia will each receive $20,000 and a major exhibition in CAM’s Main Galleries. The Biennial is a unique opportunity for local artists, even when considered on a nationwide scale. “It’s rare,” says CAM director Lisa Milandri. “The Biennial has put St. Louis on the map as a city that is deeply and meaningfully committed to its artists’ development.” The exhibit featuring the work of each of the three artists will open on May 9 and run through August 10, 2014.

The winners were selected by three distinguished jurors; Mel Chin, artist; Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; and Lynne Warren, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The jurors selected the artists from more than 140 submissions representing a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and new media.

Now in its sixth edition, the Great Rivers Biennial program identifies talented emerging and mid-career artists from the St. Louis area and provides them with financial support as well as a tremendous platform to the national art world. Since the inception of the program in 2004, CAM and Gateway Foundation have awarded $330,000 to St. Louis-based artists.

Meet the winners of the Great Rivers Biennial 2014, provided by CAM:

Brandon Anshultz, All That Heaven Allows, 2013. Acrylic paint over wire, plastic and canvas, oil paint and vinyl gloves, oil under tempered glass; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Brandon Anshultz, All That Heaven Allows, 2013. Acrylic paint over wire, plastic and canvas, oil paint and vinyl gloves, oil under tempered glass; dimensions variable.
Courtesy the artist.

 

Brandon Anschultz’s paintings and sculptures emphasize the tactile qualities of paint as a material substance. In doing so, they demonstrate the possibilities of the medium to go beyond its conventional two-dimensional use. Anshultz has presented work in both solo and group exhibitions at such venues as Kunstlerhaus Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria; Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; Longue Vue House and Garden, New Orleans; Columbia College, Chicago; The Hills Esthetic Center, Chicago; La Esquina, Kansas City; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis; and Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis. He holds an MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis (2002) and a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana (1997).

Carlie Trosclair, Kowalsky Intervention: Room 1, 2012. Hand-cut wallpaper. Site-specific installation in Johnson, Vermont. Courtesy the artist.

Carlie Trosclair, Kowalsky Intervention: Room 1, 2012.
Hand-cut wallpaper. Site-specific installation in Johnson, Vermont.
Courtesy the artist.

 

Carlie Trosclair’s work aims to bridge the gap between the human body and the built environment by re-creating and manipulating existing spaces. Using pliable and decorative materials, such as fabric and wallpaper, she creates new topographies and narratives through site-specific interventions in abandoned domestic spaces. Trosclair has exhibited at the Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy; The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; 6612 Art Space, St. Louis; and The Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2010) and BFA from Loyola University, New Orleans (2008).

Cayce Zavaglia, Martina, 2012. Hand embroidery: one-ply cotton, silk, and wool on raw Belgian linen, 8 x 12 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Cayce Zavaglia, Martina, 2012.
Hand embroidery: one-ply cotton, silk, and wool on raw Belgian linen, 8 x 12 inches.
Courtesy the artist.

 

Originally trained as a painter, Cayce Zavaglia now works in embroidery, having developed a sewing technique that allows her to blend colors and establish tonalities that resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. Her work focuses exclusively on the portraits of friends, family, and fellow artists and has been exhibited at Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn; Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York; Lyons Wier Gallery, New York; Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; and the Craft Alliance, St. Louis. Zavaglia received her MFA with a concentration in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis (1998) and her BFA in Painting from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (1994).

For more information about the Great Rivers Biennial 2014, visit the CAM website.

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