Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce its 2012 Visual Artist Awards Fellows: Marcus Cain, Anne Austin Pearce, and Luke Rocha. These three Kansas City based artists will receive unrestricted cash grants of $10,000 each. Their work will be featured in the 2012 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition opening October 2012at the H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute. A curatorial panel of Awards Advisors selected the artists following studio visits with ten semi-finalists from an original pool of 125 applicants.
Over its 15 years, Charlotte Street Foundation has recognized 77 Kansas City based visual artists with Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards, totaling $512,500. In addition, Charlotte Street launched a parallel program of Awards to Generative Performing Artists in 2008, totaling $58,000 distributed to 9 artists. These Awards recognize achievement and promise, and foster continued artistic and professional development. In so doing, they distinguish Kansas City as a place that values individual artists, and enhance its desirability as a place for artists to live and work.
About the Artists:
Marcus Cain’s drawings and paintings veer back and forth between abstraction and representation, with the figure as a recurrent element explored in relationship to environment, physical form, and consideration of presence and absence. Cain’s latest paintings are part of an ongoing series of semi-abstract works that draw on the form of an iconic portrait head to explore a threshold between cognitive absence and presence. Read more.
Anne Austin Pearce’s recent ink, acrylic, and colored pencil drawings on paper are explorations of human psychology and emotion—our inner lives. These manifest as exaggerated, visceral representations of bodily forms tangled within and emerging from dense passages of gestural, abstract marks and patterns. Read more.
Luke Rocha is a self taught artist who creates sculptures, installations, and 2-dimensional works through a collage process incorporating a range of found materials and media. Particularly interested in the lesser-known or under-appreciated expressions and artifacts of specific cultures and subcultures, Rocha, a consummate collector, seeks to re-focus attention on these forms while bringing them into new dialogue with one another in the present. Read more.