2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards exhibition to open Oct. 13 at H&R Block Artspace

28 September 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 27, 2012) — The H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute in partnership with the Charlotte Street Foundation is presenting an exhibition of work by the 2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award Fellows. The exhibition runs Oct. 13 through Dec. 12 and features the works of Marcus Cain (’98 painting and printmaking), Anne Austin Pearce and Luke Rocha, who received unrestricted cash grants of $10,000 each earlier this year from the Charlotte Street Foundation.
 
A curatorial panel of national and regional awards advisors selected the artists following studio visits with 10 semifinalists from an original pool of 125 applicants.
 
“All three artists have challenged themselves in creating a new body of work for this exhibition,” said Artspace Director Raechell Smith. “Marcus’ paintings have become more complex in their interplay of figurative references and abstraction. Anne has created pairings in her new work, including a monumental scroll installation. Luke’s work will include sculptures, installations and collages made of found materials and media, mined from Kansas City and his surroundings.”
 
To celebrate the exhibition and the 15th anniversary of the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Artspace is hosting an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. The reception is free and open to the public.
 
All three artists will participate in KCAI’s continuing fall lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” at 7 p.m., Nov. 15 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus.
 
Over its 15 years, Charlotte Street Foundation has recognized 77 Kansas City-based visual artists with Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards, totaling $512,500.
 
Since opening in 1999, Artspace has been a key partner to Charlotte Street Foundation, presenting the first curated Visual Artist Award Fellows exhibition that year and hosting the show every third year since. Smith has served as a Charlotte Street Awards advisor and board member for many years.
 
About H&R Block Artspace:
Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. To schedule a group visit or gallery talk with Artspace staff, call 816-561-5563. For more information about the Artspace and public programs, visit www.kcai.edu/artspace.
 
About The Charlotte Street Foundation:
Over 15 years, The Charlotte Street Foundation has challenged, nurtured and empowered thousands of artists, distributed more than $775,000 in awards and grants to artists and their projects and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. Charlotte Street – with its community of artists – strives to be a primary catalyst in making Kansas City a vibrant, creative metropolis, alive with collaboration, passion, ideas and surprise. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs and initiatives, visit www.charlottestreet.org.
 
About KCAI:
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts "Current Perspectives," a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
 
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For more information, contact Brian Spano at (816) 802-3532 or bspano@kcai.edu