Visual Art








Upcoming Events

October 21, 2017 - December 31, 2017


Rodolfo Marron III has emerged as one of the city’s most exciting young visual artists, his deeply personal work reflecting on his relationships with nature, family, religion, and community. A Charlotte Street Award recipient in 2016, he just completed Art Omi International and Fire Island artist residencies in New York. Marron creates a new collection for the last in a series of Library exhibits commemorating the 20thanniversary of the Charlotte Street Foundation. The exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee. Charlotte Street would love to thank the Kansas City Public Library for celebrating Every Street is Charlotte Street this year.

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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 underappreciated, 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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Saturday, October 28, 7:30 PM to Midnight

Future Ritual


Mark your calendar! Don't miss out on the chance to celebrate with Charlotte Street for a fresh and immersive costume party. This first-time, futuristic event features some of Kansas City's most unforgettable artists providing fresh and exclusive experiences throughout the entire evening. Future Ritual is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Charlotte Street’s 20th anniversary. Find your spookiest costume and join in on the fun!
Featured Artists
Goo-Witch (aka Shelby Burchett)
Performance and Music from
Special Guest Cody Critcheloe as SSION
Food and Drink by
Beth Barden of Succotash
Limited tickets are available!
Allows for admission after 9:45PM
Includes concert, cocktails,
beer, wine, and food

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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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October 6 - November 3, 2017


Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is pleased to present Linden by Kansas City artist Marcie Miller Gross, opening for First Friday October 6. Linden debuts as part of Every Street is Charlotte Street, celebrating twenty years of partner organization Charlotte Street Foundation’s Award Fellows. Through an incremental means of building, Miller Gross, a Charlotte Street Fellow in 2004, studies repetition, mass and void, physicality and weight, compression and release. Her work is informed by repetitious activity and simple gestures of the hand, as in folding, stacking, and cutting. Linden is inspired partially by a recent residency to Berlin. Says Miller Gross, “my focus on the city led me to draw connections between the powerful sites of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation, and the history and significance of trees and forests in Germany. In this urban context, I found the lushness of the lindens, from darkness to sublime, profound in their sense of hope. The trees buffer, envelop, shelter, offering repose and sanctuary, in their verdant loft. The lindens were a looming protection and a timeless witness to the city’s ghosts.” This residency was supported in part by an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC. The exhibition will be on view for First Friday on October 6 and November 3. Gallery hours are 6:00–8:00 p.m., with other public viewings by appointment only through November 3. -- Event description provided by Beth Maggard of M-AAA

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Gilded Attrition

Gilded Attrition is a new outdoor site-specific installation by Ari Fish Studio as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation's 20th anniversary event, Every Street Is Charlotte Street. Viewing is open on August 11, 2017 and the installation will remain there until further notice! The installation is located at the Kansas City Museum Historic Grounds (3218 Gladstone Ave., KCMO 64123). A semi-permanent installation, Gilded Attrition is located on the south-facing grounds of the Kansas City Museum and viewable from the street. In a nod to Native American “bent trees” or “pointer trees,” branches of the trees that flank the entrance of the Museum and point toward the Missouri River are gilded in copper-colored aluminum foil much like the slow growth of moss. This installation is a memorandum to the current residents of Kansas City and of the peoples that traversed the land centuries ago where the Museum now resides.

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