Charlotte Street Foundation Announces Recipients of the 2017 Charlotte Street Visual & Generative Performing Artist Awards

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

[Kansas City, MO] Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2017 Charlotte Street Awards. The 2017 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellows are Karen McCoy, Stephen Proski, and Samara Umbral. The 2017 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows are Amado Espinoza and Cat Mahari. Each artist will receive an unrestricted cash award of $10,000.

The 2017 Charlotte Street Visual Artist and Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows are selected through competitive processes which begin with an open call for applications from artists based in the five-county Kansas City Metro area. Artist selections are 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 ten finalists for the Generative Performing Artists Awards and ten finalists for the Visual Artist Awards.

The 2017 Visual Artist Award panel included Eric Crosby, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburg, PA); Bruce Hartman, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS); Andria Hickey, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (Cleveland, OH); Gia Hamilton, Director, Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans, LA).

The 2017 Generative Performing Artist Award panel included Tyrone Aiken, Chief Artistic Officer, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (Kansas City, MO); Chris Cogburn, Founder/Director at No Idea Festival (Austin, TX); Erin Boberg Doughton, Performing Arts Director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); Whit McLaughlin, Artistic Director, New Paradise Laboratories and Freelance Theatre (Philadelphia, PA).

The work of the Visual Artist Award Fellows will be featured in the 2017 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE STREET VISUAL ARTIST AWARDS: Charlotte Street launched its Visual Artist Awards in 1997. Charlotte Street has continued to act as a catalyst for discovering and promoting emerging art and has distributed over $660,000 to Kansas City-based visual artists through the Award program, with a total of 91 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, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at the Crossroads location.

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE STREET GENERATIVE PERFORMING AWARDS: Charlotte Street launched its Generative Performing Artist Awards in 2008 as a parallel program to the Visual Artist Awards. Charlotte Street has continued to act as a catalyst for discovering and supporting contemporary performing art, and has distributed $141,500 to 19 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.

ABOUT CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION: Charlotte Street identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. Charlotte Street cultivates the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City art community. Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $1.1 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 www.charlottestreet.org.

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