2017 Critical Mass Top 50!

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Critical Mass

The aim of Critical Mass is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. Critical Mass is about exposure, connection, and community - as well as some very notable awards!

Congratulations to the Critical Mass 2017 award winners: J. Fredric May (Blue Sky Solo Show award), and Matt Eich (Rauschenberg Residency award). The Critical Mass Top 50 group exhibition (curated by Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor for Kehrer Verlag publishers, Germany) will be on exhibit next summer.

This year we extended Critical Mass scholarships to a group of nominated photography program MFA students. Thanks to the faculty that sent suggestions to us!

Critical Mass 2017 REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED (deadline was August 8 - noon PST). Thanks to all who entered work this year! Critical Mass 2018 will open in May, 2018.
Mila Teshaieva

Critical Mass Books

Over the years, Photolucida has offered book awards as part of our Critical Mass programming. Photolucida publishes and distributes these titles, and gives copies of the books to all participating photographers and jurors on the years the award is given.


Past titles have been collaborative efforts with publishers such as Daylight Books and Kehrer Verlag. Check out our library of current publications as well as our backlist!