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January 15, 2018 - March 26, 2018

2018 Rocket Grant Applications are open now!

These are grants for experimental, public-facing, artist-driven and artist-centered projects, in any discipline or medium with a strong visual component. Interested artists can download a complete application guide and budget forms by going to and clicking on the Apply! button. The actual application happens online, and the deadline is March 26. Applications are only accepted through the Call for Entry website here. Read the 2018 Rocket Grant Application Guide Now! The program has so far awarded $392,000 to more than two hundred artists working on 80+ projects. Many other artists and community members have been involved in these projects in one way or another. In its ninth year of serving the Kansas City arts community, the program for 2018-19 will provide grants in the amount of $60,000 total. Artists can learn more about how to apply by going to The $60,000 total includes Full Project Awards, which are cash grants that amount up to $6,000 each to area artists, performers, curators, and writers - as individuals or groups - to support the creation and presentation of NEW work/projects. The program also distributes Research & Development Awards. These awards are cash grants of $2,000 each, to support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. The selection panel may also award this grant to a proposal that they find to be compelling, but which seems to require more development and/or funding. Rocket Grants are part of a national network of programs funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. There are, so far, 10 other grants similar to Rocket Grants in smaller cities around America. Kansas City was the third program to kick into action, thanks to the vitality of our regional arts community and the strong leadership of Charlotte Street and the Spencer Museum of Art. Rocket Grants provide opportunities for Kansas City area artists to make and share experimental work and ideas in public spaces around the region - by providing direct support for exceptional, under-the-radar, artist-driven, and artist-centered projects.   If you have any questions, please free to email

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Friday, January 26, 2018 - Saturday, February 24, 2018

All Tomorrow’s Parties

Our world is increasingly strange. The unlikely has now become commonplace. All Tomorrow’s Parties is a group exhibition of nine artists who see the strange, surreal and unlikely in their own work as a reflection of their time. The exhibited collages, drawings, garments, paintings, sculptures and video works reflect a range of aesthetic responses that each artist has found and followed. Gathered together, the artists call attention to the qualities of the surreal that now seem every day. Will it stay this way? How bizarre will the future become? Can we be at home in this new world? All Tomorrow’s Parties invites viewers to consider these questions and more.


Surrealism responded to a world coming undone by war, economic crisis, and political instability. Doesn’t this also sound like our world? The artists of All Tomorrow’s Parties are driven to varying degrees by the impulses of surrealism. Seeing a similar drift towards the unlikely in our lives, this exhibition seeks to acknowledge and celebrate our age as ours. As artists and citizens, we can shape the world, yet there is no going back. Together we attend All Tomorrow’s Parties. 

The exhibition is organized by Jonah Criswell & Kelly John Clark. Participating artists include Corey Antis, Kelly John Clark, Hadley Clark, Jonah Criswell, Olivia Gibb, Will Henry, Caitlin Horsmon, Peyton Pitts, Allan Winkler. This also featuring works by Aaron Stork and Lee Piechoki.

Opening Reception

Friday January 26th from 6-9pm


Film Screening with introduction by Dr. Melissa Lenos 

Friday, February 2nd from 8-11pm


Closing Reception and Panel Discussion

Saturday, February 24th from 2-4PM

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November 16, 2017 - March 4, 2018

2017 CSF Visual Artist Award Exhibition

Charlotte Street Foundation annually honors three outstanding Kansas City based visual artists with unrestricted cash awards. These Charlotte Street Awards recognize locally based artists who are creating outstanding artwork and provide financial support, critical attention, and increased exposure for Award Fellows with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development. Through the Awards program, Charlotte Street Foundation seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City’s arts community, making Kansas City alive with collaboration, passion, ideas and surprise. The 2017 recipients were selected by a panel of local and national curators. Karen McCoy earned a BA from Northeast Louisiana University in 1972, an MA from Northern Illinois University in 1977 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. She is an associate professor of art in the sculpture department of the Kansas City Art Institute. Recent projects have included a residency at the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia and an exhibition at Chroma Projects in Charlottesville, VA. Her work on paper Two Scoops for Meniscus (1989) is part of the Oppenheimer Collection at the Nerman Museum. Stephen Proski was born in 1988 in the Bay Area, California, and raised in Phoenix, AZ. In 2010 he graduated with a BFA in painting and creative writing from the Kansas City Art Institute, and he currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. Proski has shown locally in Kansas City at 50/50, Bunker Center for the Arts, and Epsten Gallery and nationally at Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and Red Fox Gallery in Bedford, NY. Samara Umbral was born in 1987, raised in St. Louis, MO, and graduated in 2009 with a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. Soon after graduating, Umbral relocated to New York City. Her solo show Kids at the Nerman Museum in 2012 featured Felicity and Eileen, a painting from the Oppenheimer Collection. She has had solo exhibitions at Haw Contemporary, and in 2010 she had an exhibition at ATM Gallery in New York. She currently lives and works in Kansas City.

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October 19, 2017 - January 28, 2018

May Tveit: Universal Boxes

May Tveit has long been fascinated and inspired by the materials and processes that inform and define industrial design. In her newest work, Tveit undertakes a deep research project to explore and investigate the ubiquitous cardboard box. Ever-present, multi-faceted, and totally under appreciated, the cardboard box is useful, sturdy, and elegant in its capacity to economically solve human problems: packaging, holding, hiding, protecting, transporting, keeping, and compartmentalizing the useful and useless contents of our lives. In sculptural works that monumentalize this most humble of materials, Tveit cuts, stacks, and joins flat generic/universal box template forms to create extraordinary, mysterious volumes that recall and reimagine ancient architectural shapes like pyramids and ziggurats.

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October 22, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Built Environments

The Epsten Gallery is pleased to present Built Environments, an immersive exhibition featuring site-specific, multi-media installations with themes of design, architecture, nature, and public and private space that invite conversations exploring various impacts of human activity within our world. A public opening reception on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. will feature a gallery talk with all participating artists at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain open through January 21, 2018. Built Environments is organized in conjunction with the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 20th anniversary program: Every Street is Charlotte Street, and features five Charlotte Street Award recipients: Ricky Allman, Jorge García Almodóvar, Anthony Baab, Ke-Sook Lee & Judi Ross. Built Environments is curated by Heather Lustfeldt, Curator, Epsten Gallery. The show occurs during The International Sculpture Conference in Kansas City October 25-29, 2017. Through experiential, integrative art works, a unique space of contemplation, exploration and wonder emerges for visitors of the Epsten Gallery.

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August 23 - February 24


CUT/PASTE is a new site-specific installation by Madeline Gallucci as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 20th anniversary event, Every Street Is Charlotte Street. Inspired by the Kansas City Museum’s collection of “crazy quilts” from the 1880’s, CUT/PASTE references the multitude of colors and textures combined together to create a new whole. Gallucci has re-imagined the “crazy quilt” from object to image and reinterpreted it through her frenzied mark-making and painted patterns.

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