Charlotte Street Foundation Announces Recipients of Prestigious Art Omi Fellowship and Byron C. Cohen Award

Charlotte Street Foundation is proud to announce the selection of artist, Rodolfo Marron III as the Charlotte Street Fellow of the Art Omi International Artists Residency Program for Summer, 2017 and recently awarded Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellow, Samara Umbral as this year’s recipient of the Byron C. Cohen Award.

Through an ongoing partnership with Art Omi, Charlotte Street Foundation sponsors one Kansas City-based artist to attend Art Omi International Artists Residency each summer. Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellows from 1997 to the present, as well as, other artists nominated by prior Charlotte Street Art Omi Fellows, are invited to apply for the Charlotte Street-sponsored spot. The artist is chosen by Art Omi’s selection panel from among the Kansas City artists applying. Marron will live and work alongside 30 other artists from around the world who have been selected among thousands of artists for 2017 residences.

The Byron C. Cohen Award provides one Charlotte Street Visual Art Award Fellow funding to attend a leading international art fair of their particular interest. The Award is administered by Charlotte Street and funded by contributions made to Charlotte Street in memory of Byron C. Cohen—well-known, Kansas City-based gallerist and collector. The Award honors Cohen’s legacy and passionate support for the arts, artists, travel, and his desire to connect Kansas City and its artists to the national and international art world.

ABOUT ART OMI Omi International Artists Residency invites visual artists from every continent, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles, to gather in rural New York State to experiment, collaborate, and share ideas. During four weeks each June-July, concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.

ABOUT THE BYRON C. COHEN FUND The Byron C. Cohen Award honors Byron’s passion for art, artists, and travel, and his desire to connect Kansas City and its artists to the national and international art world. Byron was adamant that exposure to premier art fairs such as Art Basel, New York art fairs, and various satellite fairs would enable collectors and artists to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. With this in mind, the Byron C. Cohen Award was established to provide local artists funding to attend premiere fairs. A panel of local and national curators selects the Byron C. Cohen Award recipient annually as part of Charlotte Street Foundation’s annual Visual Artist Awards selection process.

ABOUT ART OMI FELLOW, RODOLFO MARRON III Originally born in Los Angeles, Rodolfo’s family relocated to the Westside neighborhood 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. After graduating from Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts in 2008, he began exhibiting his works in notable 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 and a 2016 Charlotte Street Award Fellow. His work has been featured in Kansas City publications such as The Hand Magazine, The Pitch, and KC Studio Magazine and most recently featured on Missouri Bank’s Artboards.

ABOUT BYRON C. COHEN AWARD WINNER, SAMARA UMBRAL Samara Umbral began showing her small paintings in the Chelsea Art District of NYC while finishing up her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Soon after graduating, Umbral relocated to New York City. Samara’s solo show at The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012 was a continuation of her small paintings capturing girlhood, which has been a dominant theme in her work. After a few years in NYC, Samara decided to move back to Kansas City in 2015 with a solo show at Haw Contemporary which included large scale Craola Crayon drawings on raw canvas.

ABOUT CHARLOTTE STREET 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

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