Archive for June, 2010

art through architecture outdoor “artboards” at missouri bank crossroads debut images by anne lindberg & paul shortt

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The Art through Architecture “Artboards” at Missouri Bank Crossroads, 125 Southwest Boulevard, will present commissioned images by KC artists Anne Lindberg and Paul Shortt, July-October, 2010.


Since the first day of 2010, Anne Lindberg has been taking at least one photograph each day in her home or wherever she travels, creating an intimate, cumulative mapping of personal space and record of private observations. Her pair of west-facing images, titled once a day 59 and 62, come from this series, and feature two views of curtains photographed at dusk.  “I wanted to lift these subtle, private images up into the public realm of the urban billboard, where they will hang in the sky day and night, transporting viewers to a different time of day, place, and mood,” said Lindberg.  “The mirror in one of the images again shifts the viewer’s perspective and position, creating a complex sense of time and space.”


Paul Shortt’s pair of east-facing images are two examples from a larger body of recent work titled Nimby’s, which involve the artist photographing yard signs he has made by hand and installed in undeveloped lots, empty houses, and along the roadside.  “The Nimby’s project gets its name from the term ‘Not In My Back Yard,’ a mindset of opposition to change,” says Shortt. “By hand-making the signs and text, I’m throwing into question the authority of signs, while giving the locations an authority and presence to be interpreted by the viewer. My hope in these images being on the billboards is that they will offer viewers lenses with which to reconsider the environments they drive by every day.”


An Art through Architecture “Art Achievement” project, the Missouri Bank “Artboards” are double-sided exterior billboards converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists. Since launching in late 2008, the “Artboards” have presented commissioned images by ten Kansas City area artists, with Lindberg and Shortt’s images bringing the number of artists to twelve.  For more about Art through Architecture, visit Read full press release.

calls to visual and performing artists: urban culture project studio residency program applications due july 16 for one-year terms beginning september 2010

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project seeks applications from artists interested in being considered for its Studio Residency Program for both visual and performing artists. Applications are next due FRIDAY, JULY 16 (postmarked or delivered by 5pm to CSF’s offices, 1000 West 25th Street).

UCP’s Studio Residency Program has been providing free studio spaces since 2004 for talented and dedicated local visual artists in need of space in which to work. In 2009, UCP expanded the program to include performing artists, when it launched a new facility at City Center Square, 1100 Main, 5th floor.  The City Center Square facility provides space for both performing and visual artists (visual artists occupy small, private studios; performing artists share the use of a large, open rehearsal space that includes a platform stage and Marley floor), making for an environment conducive to cross-disciplinary collaboration and exchange. In addition to City Center Square, UCP’s Studio Residency Program also provides space to visual artists at pARTnership Place, 906 Grand, 13th floor.

The studios are granted to selected artists for one year terms. No full time students will be considered.

Download the call for performing artists and application requirements here.

Download the call for visual artists and application requirements here.

rocket grants for 2010-11 announced!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Final selections have been made for the first recipients of Rocket Grants, a brand new funding opportunity available to artists who live within an 80-mile radius of downtown Kansas City, which includes Lawrence, KS. Rocket Grants are specifically intended to encourage work that is inventive and “under the radar”, and that engages or benefits an audience somewhere other than in a museum or art gallery. The long-term goal of the program is to not only encourage emerging and non-traditional art practices in the Kansas City region, but also to contribute to a thriving artists’ community. Selections were therefore evaluated not only on the artistic merits of the proposed projects, but also on their capacity to stimulate further growth in a diverse and supportive art ecology.

Because some applicants requested less than the full $4,000, a total of 12 awards were granted. Click here for the list of selected artists and brief project summaries.

Rocket Grants are supported by a $40,000 regional regranting award from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and are implemented by a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence. The five-member panel responsible for selecting this year’s recipients from more than 80 applications was composed of national and local interdisciplinary artists and arts professionals, including Mel Ziegler, Adriane Herman, Hesse McGraw, So Yeon Park and Pat Alexander.

Read full press release. 

Read Kansas City Star article, “Rocket Grants Boost Local Artists…” by Alice Thorson, June 6, 2010.

Read in-depth descriptions of the 12 Rocket Grant supported projects.

“viva la vida” opens at la esquina june 4, 6-10pm – a collaboration with mattie rhodes art gallery + the guild of latino fine arts/azteca de greater kansas city

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Viva la Vida – A Celebration of Life & Community is a large group exhibition curated by Jenny Mendez, Director of Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery and Chairperson of the Guild of Latino Fine Arts (Azteca de Grater Kansas City). The show opens with a celebration on Friday June 4, 6-10pm at la Esquina, 1000 West 25th Street, featuring music, performance, food, and drink. It features many dozens of artworks of far-ranging media, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, textile-based and mixed media pieces, all of which represent responses to and interpretations of the exhibition’s title. Many works reflect participating artists’ connections to the Latino community in Kansas City and elsewhere.

Featured artists include Rodolfo Marron, Juan Moya, Jessica Manco, John Hernandez, Miriam Feingold, Israel Garcia, Adolfo Martinez, Alisha Gambino, Arzie Umali, Jason Sierra, Thomas Woodward, Dominic Murillo, Robert Tapley Bustamante, Sammy Persons, Darwin Arevalo, Luke Rocha, Susan Moveno, Elaina Wendt Michalski, Anthony Oropeza, Monique Salazar and many others.

The exhibition runs through July 10, with hours Thursdays & Saturdays, 12-5pm.

Additional events: June 18, 7pm:  Chicano Film Night, with feature film La Vida Loca. Evening includes “Best Dressed Chola Contest.” $5 donation covers one drink and all you can eat popcorn.  Other snacks and drinks will also be available.

June 30, 5:30: Viva la Vida Artist/Curator Talk.

Read full press release. 

Read front page June 27 Kansas City Star Sunday Arts feature by Alice Thorson, “Latino Artists Celebrate Culture and Community at la Esquina and All Around Town.” 

Read front page June 27 Kansas City Star Sunday Arts feature by Alice Thorson, “Recognition Flows in for Adolfo Martinez.”

brad cox and stephanie roberts receive 2010 charlotte street generative performing awards

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Awards Fellows are composer/musician Brad Cox and cross-disciplinary director/writer/performer Stephanie Roberts.  Selected through a competitive, two-phased process by a panel of area performing arts professionals, they will receive unrestricted cash Awards of $6,500 each. A public performance of their work is planned for fall, 2010.

With these latest awards, Charlotte Street  has now recognized a total of 78 Kansas City based visual and generative performing artists, with a total of $490,500 in unrestricted cash grants distributed directly to the artists. Through its Awards programs, CSF seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City’s art community and to enhance Kansas City’s desirability as a place for artists to work and live.

The 2010 Generative Performing Awards Advisors responsible for selecting the recipients included David Ford, multi-disciplinary artist;  Michael Joy, Director of Artists and Educational Programs, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey; Joette Pelster, Executive Director, Coterie Theatre; Managing Director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre; and Paul Rudy, Professor of Composition, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

Read full press release, including more about 2010 Fellows Brad Cox and Stephanie Roberts.

Read Kansas City Star article, “Performance artists win Charlotte Street Awards,” by Chuck Furlong, May 23, 2010.