Visual Art








Upcoming Events

Friday, December 8, 2017

Artist Talk w/ Dean Mitchell at Kemper Museum

Tampa, Florida–based Kemper Museum Permanent Collection artist and 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition artist Dean Mitchell joins us for an evening of exploring his portraits, which capture the spirit and essence of African American life. Dean Mitchell is a Visual Artist Fellow, receiving the Visual Artist Award in 2003.

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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 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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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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