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Five Kansas City based artists each to receive unrestricted $10,000 cash awards

Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce five recipients of the 2016 Charlotte Street Awards. The 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellows are Madeline Gallucci, Rodolfo Marron III, and Shawn Bitters. The 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows are J. Ashley Miller and Eddie Moore. Each artists will receive an unrestricted cash award of $10,000.

(left to right) Works by Shawn Bitters, Rodolfo Marron III, and Madeline Gallucci

(left to right) Artworks by Shawn Bitters, Rodolfo Marron III, and Madeline Gallucci

The 2016 Charlotte Street Award Fellows were selected through competitive processes beginning with open calls for applications from artists based in the five-county Kansas City Metro Area. Artists selections were made by a panel of jurors consisting of renowned and qualified arts professionals. Jurors participated in in-person interviews, presentations, and studio visits, resulting in the selection of 8 finalists for the Generative Performing Artists Awards and 10 finalists for the Visual Artist Awards.

The Visual Artist Awards panel included Erin Dziedzic, Curator and Head of Adult Programs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO); Rita Gonzalez, Curator and Acting Department Head at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, California); Nicole Caruth, Artistic Director, Exhibitions and Public Engagement at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, Nebraska); James McAnally, Co-Director & Curator at the Luminary, Executive Editor at Temporary Art Review (St. Louis, MO).

The Generative Performing Artist Awards panel included Steve Dietz, Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Northern (Minnesota); Glenn North, Nationally Recognized Performance Poet (Kansas City, MO), Du Yun, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist and Performance Artist, Founding Member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Artistic Director of MATA (NYC); and Suzanne Ryanstrati, Dancer, Director, Choreographer, & Educator (Kansas City, MO).

The work of the Visual Artist Awards Fellows will be featured in the 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition opening September, 2016 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at the Crossroads—the latest organization to partner with Charlotte Street for the Visual Artist Awards Exhibition. The exhibition will be curated by Kemper Museum Curator and Head of Adult Programs, Erin Dziedzic. Public performances of work by the Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellows will be promoted by Charlotte Street throughout the year.

Charlotte Street launched its Visual Artist Awards in 1997. With the 2016 Awards, Charlotte Street has continued to act as a catalyst for discovering and promoting emerging art and has now distributed over $630,000 to Kansas City-based visual artists through the Award program, with a total of 89 visual artists receiving these Awards to date. These Awards aim to recognize and meaningfully support exceptional artists working in the visual arts field, who are actively creating new, progressive work. The Awards recognize accomplishments to date as well as promise for continued artistic development and achievement. An exhibition featuring new and recent work by the Fellows is organized annually, currently rotating among H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and this year, will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at the Crossroads location. For information on how to apply, please visit

Charlotte Street launched its Awards to Generative Performing Awards in 2008 as a parallel program to the Visual Artist Awards. With the 2016 Awards, Charlotte Street has continued to act as a catalyst for discovering and supporting contemporary performing art, and has now distributed $118,000 to 17 performing artists creating original new work in the fields of dance, theater, music, performance, spoken word, and hybrid/interdisciplinary performance-based forms. These Awards aim to recognize and meaningfully support artists producing exceptional performance-based work that is original, innovative, and progressive.


Eddie Moore (Generative Performing Award)
Accomplished pianist, composer, educator and bandleader, Eddie Moore is one of Jazz music’s rising stars. Raised in Houston, Texas, Moore is a lifelong musician who traversed a number of bands and styles before going back to school to get his Master’s in Jazz Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Eddie Moore and his band, The Outer Circle’s, debut album “The Freedom of Expression”, incorporated elements of soul, r&b, and hip-hop into his take on contemporary jazz. The Outer Circle’s sophomore album, “Live in Kansas City”, was recently listed as top jazz releases of 2015 by NPR. Moore has spent time touring internationally as a pianist, composer, performing, and recorded with several well-known artists such as, Bobby Watson, Pam  Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Joe Chambers, and Andre Hayward, to name a few. Moore’s third album, with The Outer Circle, is set to be released Summer, 2016.

J. Ashley Miller (Generative Performing Award)
J. Ashley Miller is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. His new operatic theatre work is sure to provide Kansas City with some must-see programming in 2016. You can view more of Ashley’s work at

Shawn Bitters (Visual Artist Award)
Shawn Bitters, originally from Orem, Utah, received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Bitters’ solo exhibitions include shows with Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York; Swarm Gallery, Oakland, California; and The Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum in Japan. He has also exhibited at the International Print Center of New York and Dieu Donné Papermill in New York; Icebox Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Visual Art Center at the University of Texas, Austin. He has been an artist-in-residence at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium; The Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum in Japan; and the Danish Council of Artists Residency on Hirsholm Island, Denmark. Bitters is currently an associate professor at The University of Kansas in the Visual Art Department.

Madeline Gallucci (Visual Artist Award)
Madeline Gallucci received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012, where she developed a passion for image-making and working collaboratively with fellow colleagues and communities. Madeline’s work explores, dissects, and reinterprets our everyday environment by means of vibrant drawings, whimsical paintings, and digital prints. She has shown locally at Plug Projects, Paragraph Gallery, and Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, as well as, nationally at Idio Gallery in Brooklyn NY; Rebekah Templeton in Philadelphia PA; and Present Works in Milwaukee WI, and has been awarded the Charlotte Street Artist-in-Residency in 2012 and was the Hotel Phillips  Artist-in-Residence from 2014-2015. In addition to  her studio practice, Madeline is Co-Director of Front/Space, a project space located in Kansas City.

Rodolfo Marron III (Visual Artist Award)
Rodolfo Marron III is an artist based out of Kansas City. Originally born in Los Angeles, his family relocated to the Westside in the early 90’s. His work has been described as a collection of modern folktales which borrow heavily from Native American lore, Mexican American culture, and his own personal venture growing up in the Midwest. Rodolfo attended Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts. After graduating in 2008, he began exhibiting works in shows, the most notable of which include exhibitions at the Late Show Gallery in Kansas City, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, and mostly recently at Garcia Squared Contemporary in Kansas City. Rodolfo was a resident artist with the Charlotte Street studio program from 2012-2014. His work has been featured in Kansas City publications including The Hand Magazine, The Pitch and KC Studio Magazine. Most recently Rodolfo was selected to exhibit his work on a billboard for the Missouri Bank Artboard located in the Crossroads Art District in Kansas City.

Please see attached press release for images and information – 2016 Charlotte Street Visual & Performing Artists Awards Announcements

See attached PDF for juror information – 2016 Charlotte Street Awards Panelists information

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