Sometimes unexpected connections emerge in group shows. The 2015 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards exhibition, through Dec. 16 at the H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, achieves such alignment.
When a branch of Missouri Bank and Trust moved to 125 Southwest Blvd. in the Crossroads Arts District in 2008, architects working on the remodel discovered that two double-sided billboards were providing structural support for the building.
The 2015 Visual Artist Award winners are Jill Downen, who works with installations, drawings and models; Rashawn Griffin, who produces paintings, sculpture and installations; and painter Misha Kligman.
Look up the concept, “grassroots,” and the non-profit organization, Charlotte Street Foundation, may best represent the notion that the individual artist or artist group must find support that starts more as a groundswell rather than from the larger and more traditional structures.