Biannual Open Studio event at the historic Katz Drugstore

The Drugstore Open Studio 3948 Main Street, KCMO May 26th 2017 6:00-9:00 PM Thedrugstorekc.com https://www.facebook.com/events/827326590777379/

On May 26th 2017, The Drugstore opens its doors in the historic Katz building for our biannual Open Studios. A communal and collaborative studio space, The Drugstore currently hosts 25 resident artists whose work spans across all mediums.

We warmly encourage the public to see new and in-progress works and building developments that have been generated by The Drugstore artists over the past seven months. This event will also be our first public opportunity to introduce our new residents, selected from an outside panel of artists and educators, as well as the recipients of the Gift of Faith Awards. Four awards were given to incoming and current residents coming from traditionally underserved or underrepresented communities, gifting a $2,000 stipend in addition to one year of free studio space.

Coinciding with the opening, Archive Collective will be hosting the release of its photo book publishing platform in collaboration with Drugstore resident Adam J. Long. The book, Incline | Decline features a series of photographs Adam made over 3 years in the financial district of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Alongside of his book release he will also be exhibiting prints from the body of work inside the front gallery space. Incline | Decline was made possible in part by an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, and acts as the inaugural publishing project from Archive Collective.

The Drugstore is a non-profit organization run by artists and supported by Redeemer Fellowship a local church in midtown KC. The objective of The Drugstore is to provide studio spaces at low cost to young, emerging and/or already accomplished artists in need of space to develop their work and to increase their creative and cultural involvement within the city. Current residents of the studio include: Emily Elder Cramer, Kristen Devlin, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Sarabeth Dunton, Andrew Erdrich, Brandon Forrest Frederick, Francisco Gabuardy, Fredy Gabuardy, Madeline Gallucci, Damon Heybrock, Amos Leager, Adam J. Long, Whitney Manney, Melaney Mitchell, Carmen Moreno, Dylan Mortimer, Cristina Muniz, Andrew Ordonez, Annie Raab, Kat Richards, Alex Savage, Randy Taylor, William Toney, Yulie Urano, and Don Wilkison.

Archive Collective provides opportunities for the community to engage with photography by hosting group critiques, gallery visits, artist talks, local and traveling exhibitions, studio visits, and meet-ups. Archive’s goal is to celebrate and contribute to the democracy, versatility, and ever evolving critical discourse of photography and lens-based media, while simultaneously securing its place within a broader Kansas City arts community.

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