Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Byron C. Cohen Award. This Award will provide one Kansas City-based visual artist annually with funding to attend Art Basel Miami or another leading international art fair of particular interest. The Byron C. Cohen Award honors gallerist and collector Byron C. Cohen’s passion for art, artists, and travel, and his desire to connect Kansas City and its artists to the national and international art world.
The award will be administered by Charlotte Street Foundation, funded by contributions made to Charlotte Street Foundation in memory of Byron C. Cohen. The artist recipient for the annual award will be selected by a panel of local and national curators as part of Charlotte Street Foundation’s annual Visual Artist Awards selection process.
The Cohen family says: “Byron C. Cohen astutely recognized the importance of exposing not only the community, but also artists, to the broad scope of visual arts. In order to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the diversity in the art world, Byron always encouraged collectors and artists to travel to other cities throughout the world to visit galleries, museums, collectors, and artists. In addition, he felt adamantly that exposure to premier art fairs such as Art Basel Miami, the New York art fairs, and the various satellite fairs would enable collectors and artists to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Byron felt that these fairs enabled unprecedented access and exposure to the art world. With this in mind, we partnered with Charlotte Street to provide local artists funding, enabling them to attend one of these premier fairs.”
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