Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2017 Charlotte Street Awards. The 2017 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellows are Karen McCoy, Stephen Proski, and Samara Umbral. The 2017 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows are Amado Espinoza and Cat Mahari. Each artist will receive an unrestricted cash award of $10,000.
The 2017 Charlotte Street Visual Artist and Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows are selected through competitive processes which begin with an open call for applications from artists based in the five-county Kansas City Metro area. Artist selections are made by a panel of jurors consisting of renowned and qualified arts professionals. Jurors participated in in-person interviews, presentations, and studio visits resulting in the selection of ten finalists for the Generative Performing Artists Awards and ten finalists for the Visual Artist Awards.
The 2017 Visual Artist Award panel included Eric Crosby, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburg, PA); Bruce Hartman, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS); Andria Hickey, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (Cleveland, OH); Gia Hamilton, Director, Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans, LA).
The 2017 Generative Performing Artist Award panel included Tyrone Aiken, Chief Artistic Officer, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (Kansas City, MO); Chris Cogburn, Founder/Director at No Idea Festival (Austin, TX); Erin Boberg Doughton, Performing Arts Director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); Whit McLaughlin, Artistic Director, New Paradise Laboratories and Freelance Theatre (Philadelphia, PA).
The work of the Visual Artist Award Fellows will be featured in the 2017 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Images above (left to right): Cat Mahari; Karen McCoy: Stephen Proski; Samara Umbral; Amado Espinoza w/ trio
Please see the press release for more information and artist bios.