In Exhibition, Press Release
Jill Downen, Test Piece, Metal leaf and concrete, 2024

KANSAS CITY, MO, JANUARY 24, 2024: Charlotte Street is pleased to announce Reflecting the City, a series of workshops and an exhibition that invites the Kansas City community to investigate the urbanscape through the senses. From March 2-23, participants will work with artists Jill Downen and Corey Antis to explore a sense of place and create artwork, culminating in an exhibition opening on Friday, March 29, from 6:00-9:00 PM at Charlotte Street (3333 Wyoming) featuring works by Jill Downen, Corey Antis, and participating artists from the Kansas City community. In this uniquely collaborative exhibition, Downen and Antis hope to showcase the diversity of ways that we approach, see, and touch our built and natural environments.

In the Textural Drawing Workshop with Corey Antis on March 2, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, participants will use textural drawing techniques and other drawing methods to capture the urbanscape. At Brick Making with Jill Downen on March 9 from 10:00-12:00 PM, participants will create concrete bricks that convey the textures of the city. In the final workshop, Gold Leaf with Jill Downen on March 23 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, participants will learn gold leaf techniques for three-dimensional objects found in the city.

At the end of each workshop, participant artwork will be selected for the exhibition, on view from March 29-May 4, 2024. Artworks will be returned to the participants after the exhibition. Learn more about each workshop on Charlotte Street’s website (Spots are limited. Registration required).

For interview requests with Jill Downen and Corey Antis, contact Marketing + Communications Manager Hope-Lian Vinson at [email protected].


Jill Downen (b. 1967, Belleville, IL) is a non-binary American artist based in Kansas City who works in site-responsive installations, sculpture, and drawing. Significant awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Stone and DeGuire Contemporary Art Award, the Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artists Award, and a Santo Foundation Grant. Jill Downen has created installations at The Momentary/Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and for Open Spaces: The Exhibition. Their residencies include MASS MoCA, the MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts residency, and Cité International des Arts residency in Paris, among others. Downen has lectured about their work extensively, including the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Luce Irigaray Circle Philosophy Conference in New York. They hold a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis. Jill Downen is the chair of sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute and is represented by the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis.


Corey Antis (b. 1980, Pittsburgh, PA) lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He was awarded a BFA in Painting and a BA in English from Cornell University (2003) and an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University (2007). His studio work focuses on exploring the experience of space, material, and time through painting, drawing, and book-based sculptural practice. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including, Zürcher Gallery in New York, Rebekah Templeton Gallery and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Booster and Seven Gallery in Chicago, Haw Contemporary in Kansas City as well as Three Walls, the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and the Frieze Projects Art Fair, with residencies at Yaddo and St. John’s University, among others. His artist book published by Specific Ideas Press, Black Coffee, has been collected by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection / Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was featured at the 2021 ABC Art Book Fair in Beijing and the 2021 One Thousand Books Fair in Copenhagen. Separately, his new artist book, Moraine, published by Small Editions, NY in 2024 has been featured at Tropic Bound Art Fair, Miami, the Tokyo Art Book Fair, and will be included in Codex IX in Oakland, CA in 2024.


Charlotte Street centers Kansas City’s most forward-thinking visual artists, writers, and performers—acting as the primary incubator, provocateur, and connector for the region’s contemporary arts community, and its leading advocate on the national stage. Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $2.5 million in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit


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