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Invest: The Bank Studio Residency Alumni exhibition

October 13th, 2016

Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present, Invest: The Bank Project Studio Residency Alumni exhibition of past residents from Charlotte Street’s first studio residency space at The Bank UCP Studios. The exhibition features new works by artists, Rachel Hayes, Jon Peck, Miles Neidinger, Grant Miller, and Naoko Wowsugi. The exhibition will be on display at Paragraph Gallery (23 E 12th St. Kansas City, MO) Friday, October 27th to December 3rd.

Join us for the opening reception, Friday, October 27th from 6-8PM!


In 2004, Charlotte Street launched its first studio residency space at The Bank located at 11th & Baltimore in the historic Mark Twain Tower in Downtown, Kansas City. During its first year, the repurposed building provided studio spaces for 15 artists. As part of Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project (UCP), The Bank UCP Studios were Charlotte Street’s initial venture into supporting artists through a residency program and providing free studio space. Over its 2 1/2 year lifespan, The Bank UCP Studios supported 37 artists, paving the way for what our studio residency program would become.

Invest: The Bank Studio Residency Alumni exhibition celebrates the artists from the early years of the UCP Bank Studios and celebrates their investment and commitment to their work and career development, and their investment into the budding culture of Downtown, Kansas City by their participation in Charlotte Street’s Downtown Studio Residency.

Exhibition Details:
Invest: The Studio Residency Bank Alumni exhibition
Exhibitions runs: October 27 – December 3
Opening Reception: Friday, October 27th, 6-8PM – Please see our Facebook event for details
Where: Paragraph Gallery, 23 E 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5PM

Additional exhibition programming:

Gallery Discussion with artists, Grant Miller and Naoko Wowsugi
Monday, November 21st, 7:30PM, Paragraph Gallery
The public is welcome to attend this informal discussion with artists, Grant Miller, Naoko Wowsugi and current studio residents as they discuss their work and time in Charlotte Street’s estudio spaces.

Artist’s works above (left to right): Miles Neidinger, Grant Miller, Rachel Hayes

CALL TO ARTISTS: Visual Artist + Generative Performing Awards

September 27th, 2016


Charlotte Street invites artists living in the five-county Greater Kansas City Metro Area to apply for Artist Awards:
—Three Visual Artist Awards of $10,000 apiece
—Two Generative Performing Artist Awards of $10,000 apiece

The Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards seek to recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based visual artists of all media who are creating exceptional, contemporary work. The Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards seek to recognize, encourage, and significantly support artists creating exceptional new work in the fields of dance, theatre, music, opera, sound art, performance art, multimedia performance, spoken word, puppetry, and hybrid/interdisciplinary versions of all above.

Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, the Charlotte Street Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers.

All applications must be completed online through www.callforentry.org.
Title of Visual Artists’ Call: “Charlotte Street Foundation 2017 Visual Artist Awards”
Title of Generative Performing Artists’ Call: 
“Charlotte Street Foundation 2017 Generative Performing Artist Awards”

The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 7, 2016 at MIDNIGHT. No late applications will be accepted.

Note: Artists requiring technical assistance with online applications may contact Charlotte Street Foundation at 816-221-5115 orinfo@charlottestreet.org. In-person assistance will be provided up request.

See the full application guidelines and details here for the Visual Artist Awards.
Go directly to the Visual Awards application here.

See the full application guidelines and details here for the Generative Performing Artist Awards.
Go directly to the Generative Performing Awards application here.


Sycamore House Series & Charlotte Street Present: Flamingo

September 26th, 2016

Charlotte Street and Sycamore House Series are excited to welcome experimental music group, Flamingo from Berlin, Germany for a special presentation/workshop at Beals Lab at the Kansas City Art Institute October 1st at 2PM and a one night performance at 8PM at La Esquina!

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The trio, led by composer/musician, Chris Heenan with Mad Pulse Maybe and Dana Percs will perform their cross-disciplinary project, “Every Vessel” which examines the relationship of sound and sculpture using custom-built software. The software then analyzes and visualizes music and movement through 3-D printed objects.

Sometimes verging on the threshold of hearing and at other times engaging in dense layers and waves of sound, the music of Flamingo creates a poetic space in which pure sound phenomena step forth on the eternal backdrop of silence.

Flamingo, Special Performance & Presentation!
Saturday, October 1st
2PM: Special Presentation at Beals Lab at KCAI (44th St & Warwick BLVD)
8PM: Performance at La Esquina
La Esquina, 1000 W 25th Street

Chris Heenan: Contrabass Clarinet
Mad Pulse Maybe: Double Bass
Dana Percs: Snare Drum and Objects

Call to Artists: Proposals Invited for Missouri Bank Crossroads Artboards

September 14th, 2016


$1,000 commissions to be awarded to eight artists
to create images for public billboards



Open to ALL (non-student) artists 21+ living within a 60 mile radius of downtown, Kansas City

Charlotte Street Foundation, in collaboration with Missouri Bank, seek proposals from artists wishing to be considered for Missouri Bank’s Crossroads Artboards. The Artboards are exterior, double—sided billboards rising above Missouri Bank, 125 Southwest Boulevard, which present new, commissioned images by Kansas City area artists rotating approximately every three months. Selected artists, chosen through a competitive process, will receive artist fees of $1,000.00 each for completing and delivering print-ready images for one set of side by side billboards. Proposals are invited from ALL interested non-student artists, 21 years of age and older living within a 60-mile radius of Kansas City, Missouri. It is expected that eight artists will be selected through this call for Artboards to be displayed March 2017 through February 2018. Proposals are reviewed and selected by a panel comprised of representatives from Missouri Bank. Charlotte Street administers the process from application through installation.

Complete details here or visit http://www.charlottestreet.org/opportunities/artboards/.

I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen

September 8th, 2016

Charlotte Street Presents,
I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen
group exhibition at La Esquina Gallery 

Charlotte Street presents I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen featuring local and national artists. The exhibition will be on display at La Esquina (1000 W 25th Street, KC, MO) Friday, September 23rd – October 29th with an opening reception Friday, September 23rd 6-9PM.


I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen presents a collective portrait of an idealized future, formed from the intersection of vision and action. Visionaries imagine and define utopias alongside activists that take risks and actions to make alternate futures possible. Both serve as catalysts that initiate and facilitate a positive change. Parallel universes, magical realism, optimism, and activism coexist to create a space where one can be immersed in the notion of a societal shift. We are creating a space in which amazing things can and do happen.

Featured artists include: Blaze Christopher (Kansas City, MO), Kelly John Clark (Kansas City, MO), Patricia Bordallo Dibildox + Hannah Carr (Kansas City, MO), Scott Dickson (Jonesboro, AK), Andrew Erdich (Kansas City, MO), Barbara Florez, (Kansas City, MO), Katie Hargrave + Brett Hunter (Chattanooga, TN), Elizabeth Huey (Los Angeles, CA), Julianna Noelle Lynn (Kansas City, MO), Victor Perez (Gainesville, FL), Samantha Persons (Houston,TX), Daniel Reneau (Kansas City, MO), Esther Ruiz (Brooklyn, NY), Edra Soto (Chicago, IL), Sopearb Touch (St Louis, MO), US English (St Louis, MO), Erin Zona (Kansas City, MO), Crys Yin (Brooklyn, NY)

Exhibition Details:
I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen exhibition
Exhibition Runs: September 23 – October 29
Opening Reception: Friday, September 23rd, 6-9PM
Where: La Esquina (1000) W 25th Street, Kansas City, MO
Gallery Hours: Thursdays: 11-6PM and Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 12-5PM

Additional exhibition programming:
Mixed Tape Workshop
Saturday, October 8th 3:00PM, La Esquina
Learn how to make a mixtape that inspires your next amazing adventure, or make a zine that embodies something extraordinary. Amazing things are not limited to the spectacle but often exist in daily moments of creative defiance and collective idealism. Inspired by its DIY and community-oriented ethos, zines and mixtapes generate an energetic and empowered position where amazing things can and do occur.

“Good Vibes” Brunch
Saturday, October 29th, 1:00PM, La Esquina
The public is welcomed to enjoy a FREE “posi” brunch lovingly crafted by Andy Erdrich from ingredients infused with positivity by the Refrigerator of Good Vibes.

Artworks above, left to right: Sopearb Touch, “Six Card”; Crys Yin “Its Just Us Boys/Girls”; Esther Ruiz “Another Tommorrow”; Katie Hargrave & Brett Hunter “I Know How To…”

Press Release

New Missouri Bank Artboards by Jennifer Field and Luke Rocha

September 1st, 2016

This Friday, September 2nd, Missouri Bank’s Artboards will get a new look! The Fall installment of the Artboards feature artists, Jennifer Field and Luke Rocha.

Installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank at 125 Southwest Blvd, the Artboards are visible to the public all hours of the day, and will remain on view for three months. For more information about Missouri Bank’s Artboards series and to see past Artboards, please visit mobank.com/crossroads-artboards.

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Jennifer Field, Round the Bend”, to be displayed on the west-facing billboards

On the west-facing billboards, artist Jennifer Field’s piece, Round the Bend is inspired by Field’s work as a landscape photographer. Field reimagines vistas as magical, almost fanciful landscapes thru her use of bold, bright colors and sweeping pencil strokes. As Field explains, “I love how I start in one corner and the process makes its own rules of engagement and at the end, one can gain an actual 3D sense of atmosphere and place from a hodgepodge of shapes and colors. I have a learning disability, so perhaps my skewed sense of perspective reflects my unusual neurology in some way. I strive to always find the positive in life, and I am glad the work tends to reflect love, light, and happiness through the solace that nature provides in a riot of color.”

Luke Rocha, Night Watch”, to be displayed on the east-facing billboards

On the east-facing billboards, artist Luke Rocha’s piece, Night Watch, is based on Rocha’s fascination with owls. Rocha explains, “Their [owls] nocturnal ways, binocular vision and ability to see far away in low light exceptionally well has always fascinated me. Most artists I know, myself included, are night owls by nature. I tend to produce most of my best work when the sun goes down, avoiding the daytime bustle. However, I replaced the eyes to resemble human ones and obscured them with feathers. I thought it would be satisfactory to have an eye to each billboard, bright yellow, keeping a watchful eye over the city.”

Please see the full press release for more information on the artists.

Tour & Talk | Charlotte Street Artists’ Walk At The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

August 25th, 2016

September 9 @ 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Artist, Dylan Mortimer

Charlotte Street is pleased to partner with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to present a fifth and final season of the wildly successful Artists’ Walks series. Experience the Nelson-Atkins collections through the unique perspectives of Kansas City’s talented artists. Recipients of the Charlotte Street prestigious Awards highlight their favorite objects before introducing you to their own art.

A 2009 Charlotte Street Award recipient, Dylan Mortimer is a practicing minister and his work explores expressions of Christian faith. Through the visual language of public signs, stained-glass windows and commercial imagery, his art challenges viewers’ acceptance of, or resistance to, faith-based messages.

Future events in this series:
October 14 | Patrick Alonzo Conway
November 11 | Ari Fish

These events are FREE but space is limited – REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Go to the Nelson-Atkins Online Calendar to reserve a spot.  

Selection of 2016-17 Studio Resident Artists Announced

August 15th, 2016

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From left: S.E. Nash, Neil Goss, Leo Gayden, Zoe Chressanthis

New residents kick off with Artist “Slide Slam” 
Wednesday, September 14th, 7:00pm
La Esquina Gallery, 1000 West 25th

Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of 30 artists to its year-long Studio Residency program. The selection consists of six writers, eight performance-based artists, and 16 visual artists. The 2016/2017 residency period begins September, 2016. Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency Program provides free studios and rehearsal space in downtown, Kansas City, exhibition and mentorships opportunities, and related support as needed to artists of all disciplines.

To kick off the new studio residency term, the public is invited to meet the resident artists and learn about their work at a free “Studio Residents Slide Slam” Wednesday, September, 14th, 7:00PM at Charlotte Street’s La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W 25th Street. This fun, informal evening will feature 3-minute slide presentations by 30 of the incoming studio resident artists—giving a fun introduction to the work, ideas, processes, and personalities of these diverse artists.

Please see press release below or click here for list of artists.

press release

2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition

August 12th, 2016

2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition
hosted by Kemper at the Crossroads

Opening Friday, September 2nd, 5:00-9:00PM at Kemper at the Crossroads
(33 W 19th St, Kansas City, MO 64108), the Charlotte Street 2016 Visual Artist Awards exhibition will feature Charlotte Street’s 2016 Visual Artist Awards Fellows: Shawn Bitters, Madeline Gallucci, and Rodolfo Marron III. All three artists will be in attendance at the opening reception. The exhibition will be on view September 2, 2016 to January 7, 2017. Admission to the exhibition and related programming is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is curated by Erin Dziedzic—Director of Curatorial Affairs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. A full-color exhibition brochure with an essay by Annie Raab will be published in conjunction with the exhibition. Engaging programming also accompanies the exhibition, including presentations by the Visual Arts Fellows and performances by the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellows, J. Ashley Miller and Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle.

Free Exhibition-related Programs

Presentations and Discussions: 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Recipients
Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 5:00PM, cash bar, 6:00PM presentations
Artists, Shawn Bitters, Madeline Gallucci, and Rodolfo Marron III present an overview of their individual projects followed by a brief discussion.

Performances: J. Ashley Miller and Eddie Moore
Friday, October 28, 2016, beginning 7:00PM
The 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Artist Award Fellows, J. Ashley Miller and Eddie Moore, will provide an evening of music at the Kemper Museum.

Full Press Release


Speed Dating with Curator-in-Residence Lynnette Miranda

August 10th, 2016

Speed Dating
w/ Curator in Residence Lynnette Miranda

Join us August 25, 
6 PM for a date with 2016-2017 Curator in Residence Lynnette Miranda! Learn about Miranda’s curatorial practice as well as the vision for her upcoming exhibitions. Following her presentation, she will facilitate and participate in a 15-20 minute speed dating exercise where attendees can get to know Miranda and each other in a span of 1-2 minutes. Speed dating is optional!

Speed Dating w/ Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda
Thursday, August 25th, 6-8PM
La Esquina (1000 W 25th Street KC MO 64106)

Lynnette Miranda is a latinx curator and writer from Miami, FL. Over the last six years, she has worked at leading art institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, ART21, and Creative Time. In 2015, she coordinated three art conferences, including The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Venice Biennale and at Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School, as well as ART21’s Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art + Education at the Park Avenue Armory.

In 2010, Miranda founded make-space.net, an artist-run online platform and curatorial initiative that investigates and promotes the practices of experimental contemporary artists. As an independent curator, she has organized several group exhibitions including: Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One) at Denny Gallery (New York, NY), Shifting Impressions: City Souvenirs at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (New York, NY), Fragile States and Futile Divide at ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL), and Make Space IRL during MDW Fair 2012 at Mana Contemporary (Chicago, IL).

She received an MA in Visual Arts Administration with an emphasis in curatorial and exhibition studies from New York University in 2014, and a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.