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Charlotte Street is proud to present Kansas City based fabric artist Sonié Joi Ruffin’s lecture on her experience and the work she created at the highly prestigious Art Omi International Artist Residency program this past summer in Upstate New York.

Date: Wednesday October 24, 7pm
Location: American Jazz Museum, Gem Theatre, 2nd floor board room / 1616 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
FREE and open to the public

“My Art Omi experience was inspiring and creative,” says Ruffin. “The group of artists that attended were phenomenal, and left a profound impact on my being!”

Each summer, 30 visual artists from around the world are selected to attend Art Omi, where they are provided with a studio, living quarters, and meals, and immersed in a stimulating atmosphere where exchange,  experimentation, discourse and collaboration are encouraged.  Each year, a different critic-in-residence lives on campus with the artists, leading discussions and making one-on-one studio visits. In addition, residents are visited by prominent critics, gallerists, curators, and artists who travel to Art Omi each summer.  The residency culminates with an Open Studios day open to the general public.

“Every year, when we invite thirty artists, often coming from more than twenty different countries–and most importantly from diverse media, ages, stages of career–we defy political, cultural, ethnic and generational boundaries, and encourage our residents to do the same, to abandon their comfortable zone and seek new perspectives,” said Claudia Cannizzaro, director of the Art Omi residency. “It is the synergic mix of artists that makes Art Omi so special, so unique; it is our artists that make our residency one of the most desired in the world.”

Support for the Charlotte Street Art Omi International Artist Residency was provided by  Susan and Jim Moore; Colliers International; William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank Trustee; and the ArtsKC Fund. For more about Art Omi, visit

Learn more about Ruffin’s work and the Art Omi Residency in the Press Release.

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