It began in the summer of 2008 in St. Louis, MO, with 7 local artists, their sketchbooks, some wood panels, an abundance of paint, a few hundred screws and the virgin walls of the Regional Arts Commission main gallery space. Screwed In fused the energy and styles of the artists, Christopher Burch, Stan Chisholm, David Langley, Chris Sabatino, Justin Tolentino, Bryan Walsh and Peat Wollaeger to create a massive collaborative wall-painting over a 10-day period that filled the space with shapes, forms and conversations in brilliant hues of oranges, reds and yellows. Screwed In shattered the fourth wall of an act once known as “for the cultured only” and brought art and the artists themselves to the masses.
After the success of Screwed In in 2008, the crew returned to the RAC in the summer of 2010, established as the Screwed Arts Collective, with a few cast member changes created Screwed Again. Equipped with a new conversation and fresh perspectives, created over a 14-day run before the public, Screwed Again opened to much beer drinking and critical acclaim.
In 2011 the Screwed Arts Collective will take their conversations to the walls of the UICA in Grand Rapids, MI as they show and compete in the ArtPrize festival.