In News, Studio Residency Program

Kansas City, MO, Monday, July 2, 2018: Charlotte Street Foundation is excited to announce the selection of 34 artists and artist collectives for its year-long Studio Residency program in Town Pavilion. The residency tenure begins in September 2018 and runs through August 2019. Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency Program provides free studio and rehearsal space on the 6th floor Town Pavilion in downtown Kansas City. Charlotte Street also provides additional support regarding marketing, networking and development for all artists based on their needs. Artists will kick off their residency at Charlotte Street Foundation’s annual Slide Slam event on September 12, a public event for artists and supporters to meet.

Left: Fuko Ito, billowing hearts (Detail), 2018 Right: Kiki Serna, Almost Home 1, 2018

Of the 34 artists selected, 11 of the residents are performing artists, 6 residents are writers, and 17 residents are visual artists. 13 residents are returning for a second year in the program. This year’s jury includes Megan Kaminski (poet and professor at KU), Michael Miller (composer and professor at KCCC), Rodolfo Marron III (artist) and Aileen June Wang (Curator at Beach Museum of Art). Charlotte Street Foundation would like to thank this year’s jury panel for their cohesive and thorough selection process regarding this year’s application pool. There were 112 applications for this year’s residency opportunity.


Performing artists include Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman, Jeremy Finney, Tristian Griffin, Daniel Hogans, Karen Lisondra, Mazzy Mann, Kyle Mullins, Kaia Nutting, Zachary Pischnotte, Marshall Trammell and Jason Zeh.

Visual artists include Iliann Alvarez, Nazanin Amiri, JE Baker, Juan Castro-Marquez, Ruben Castillo, Elizabeth Derstine, Katerina Guillermo, Luke Haynes, Fuko Ito, Jessica Kincaid, Lilly McElroy, Rebeka Pech Moguel, Savannah Rodgers, Laurena Roytberg, Kiki Serna, Elizabeth Stehling and Benjamin Willis.

Writers include Jessica Ayala, Sheri Hall, Kevin Kilroy, Alicen Lundberg, Madison Mae Parker and Lavinia Roberts.

Left to Right: Kevin Kilroy, Kaia Nutting, Karen Lisondra


Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist. She is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015) and Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), with a third book Gentlewomen forthcoming from Noemi Press. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Diagram, Seneca Review, and other journals. Currently she is working on a book about indeterminacy, attraction, and plant thinking.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, she made her home in Los Angeles, Paris, Casablanca, and Portland, OR. She is an associate professor in the University of Kansas’ Graduate Creative Writing Program and a Keeler Intra-University Professor studying trauma and healing in the School of Social Welfare. She also curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence.

Michael Miller is a composer and performer who currently resides in the Kansas City area. As a bass clarinetist, he has performed with ensembles and as a soloist throughout The United States, Europe, and South America. As a result, his compositions are strongly informed by a performative perspective. Michael strongly believes in the aesthetic of the composer-performer; a synergy equally evident in jazz, rock, Persian dastgāh, contemporary concert, death metal, hip hop, and every fusional subgenre in between. One of his groups the Socially Awkward composers was featured on Barry Nolan’s Night Beat and was proclaimed “the wave of music to come” by The Big Screen at Boston’s Fenway Park.

Michael currently serves as artistic director, composer, and bass clarinetist for The Mnemosyne Quartet. Mnemosyne Quartet is a Kansas City-based ensemble dedicated to multimedia collaboration, commissioning composers, and developing a distinctive language of crafted improvisation inspired by the environments with which they perform.  Dr. Miller teaches music business and audio engineering at the Kansas City Kansas Community College and composition through the UMKC Community Music and Dance Academy and through the Musical Bridges Program.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Kansas City, MO, Rodolfo Marron III has had the opportunity to show in various exhibitions throughout the KC metro. One of his most notable exhibits has been at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, which acquired Rodolfo’s body of work for “A Poke Ghost and the Garden of Tearz” in September 2015. Rodolfo was also awarded the 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Arts Award, which included an exhibition at the Kemper at the Crossroads, along with the Byron C. Cohen Award that same year.

Most recently, Rodolfo has shown new works with the Kanas City Public Library – Central Branch, the Living Arts of Tulsa, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Abrons Art Center in New York City. The artist was accepted into the 2017 Art Omi Residency, under the CSF Fellowship. He also participated in the 2017 Fire Island Artist Residency. Rodolfo was awarded a Rocket Grant, which is funded by Charlotte Street Foundation, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation, for his project “Paz En El Barrio”, which looks to document and preserve the Mexican-American Latino community in KC’s Westside neighborhood.

While being based in KC, Rodolfo helps lead the Artist of Color Alliance (AOCA), a POC centered group for creatives of all disciplines. As well assisting with Brown Voices/Brown Pulse (BVBP), which is focused around community and healing for QTPOC folks.

(Aileen June Wang with FFIGURATI #199 by
Enrico Isamu Ōyama, 706 N. 11th Street, Manhattan, KS.)

Aileen June Wang is curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. Her most recent project was a collaboration with Kansas City artist Lynn Benson, resulting in a solo exhibition, a limited-edition print commission, and a program partnership with The Volland Store in Alma, KS.

She also curated Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama at the Beach Museum of Art, a multi-venue project about creating a contemporary visual language to express multicultural, transnational perspectives. Prior to her appointment in Kansas, Wang was a professor in art history at Penn State University Behrend College and Long Island University Post. She served as a visiting curator for the fall 2016 Kansas City Flatfile and Digitalfile exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace in Kansas City, MO.

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