2018 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! Photolucida is excited to once again offer our Critical Mass MFA Student Scholarship Awards this year.

Critical Mass 2018 awards include the CAMPO Residency Award (New!), the Rauschenberg Residency Award, the Blue Sky Solo Show award, and all 200 finalists get to choose a print from the the Print Collecting Initiative (featured photographs by Alejandro Cartagena, Tamara Staples, or Céline Clanet)! The CM18 Top 50 is posted online, and residency award winners will be announced in October!


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) was on exhibit this summer at Edition ONE Gallery in Santa Fe as part of PhotoSummer, and as a projection at Cortona on the Move Photography Festival in Italy and at Festival de la Luz – Encuentros Abiertos in Argentina.
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!