Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards

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Opening starts at November 13,2009 06:00pm
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Address 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, MO, United States
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Start November 14, 2009
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Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of three Kansas City artists to receive unrestricted cash Awards of $10,000 each in 2009. Selected by a panel of local and national curators from a pool of 38 nominated artists, the recipients are Dylan Mortimer, Jaimie Warren and Andrzej Zielinski.


Charlotte Street Foundation has now recognized 68 Kansas City based visual artists with Charlotte Street Awards, with a total of $422,500 in unrestricted case grants distributed directly to the artists over twelve years.  An exhibition of the work of the 2009 Charlotte Street Awards recipients will presented at the H & R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute in late fall, 2009.


Since its establishment in 1997, Charlotte Street Foundation has annually honored outstanding Kansas City-based visual artists with unrestricted cash awards.  These Charlotte Street Awards recognize locally based artists who are creating outstanding artwork, and provide financial support, critical attention, and increased exposure for these artists with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development.  Through the Awards program, Charlotte Street Foundation seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City's art community and to enhance Kansas City's desirability as a place for artists to work and live.


A rotating panel of Awards Advisors is responsible for selecting Charlotte Street Foundation Award recipients each year.  The 2009 committee included three local advisors: Bruce Hartman, Director, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; James Martin, Independent Curator and Art Writer; and Stacy Switzer, Artistic Director, Grand Arts.  This year’s two Visiting Curators/National Advisors were Russell Ferguson - Chair, UCLA Department of Art; former Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Hammer Museum, LA and Valerie Cassel Oliver - Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Houston.  Charlotte Street Foundation Founder/Director David Hughes, Jr. and Associate Director Kate Hackman oversee the selection process but are not voting members of the Committee.


Each of the Awards Advisors nominated a selection of Kansas City area artists for consideration. Nominations were also invited from a panel of Community Advisors, which this year included Porter Arneill, Director/Public Art Administrator, Municipal Arts Commission;  Rachael Blackburn Cozad, Director and CEO, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art;  Cody Critcheloe, lead singer and mastermind of the band SSION; Deanna Dikeman, Instructor at the University of Missouri and freelance photographer;  Elijah Gowin,  Associate Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he directs photographic studies;  and Carol and Todd Haenish, local art collectors.  Community Advisors are selected annually by the Awards Advisors.


The inclusion since 2004 of Awards Advisors from outside of Kansas City is part of an effort to introduce new perspectives into the Charlotte Street Awards selection process.  It also stems from recognition of the need to build stronger regional and national relationships with other arts professionals and institutions, in order to increase exposure and opportunities for Kansas City's artists and art community. In addition to visiting Kansas City for several days to help select the Awards recipients, the curators return during the Awards exhibition to deliver public lectures and visit studios of past Awards recipients.


About the artists:

 Dylan Mortimer earned his B.F.A. at the Kansas City Institute of Art and his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Art, New York, New York.  His work explores how private faith functions in the public sphere, exploring the boundaries of faith by blurring the lines where public expression is permitted and prohibited, and navigating the boundaries of propaganda and censorship.  Dylan has been in Public Art Installations in New York, NY; Indianapolis, IN; Jackson, TN; Chicago IL; Bellingham WA; Lawrence, KS; Chicago, IL; and Kansas City, MO, including the Avenue of the Arts.  He has had one person shows in PS-122, New York, NY; Leedy-Voulkos Center, Kansas City, MO; Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis, MO; the Cube @ Beco, Kansas City, MO; Vlepo Gallery, New York, NY; the Kansas City Jewish Museum, and the Dolphin and Opie galleries in Kansas City.  There are also many group shows, including Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; Indianapolis, IN; University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Art Center, MA; Street Level Sculpture Competition, Cedar Rapids, IA; and H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO.


Jaimie Warren attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute, “Jaimie Warren takes crazy photos. It's that simple. She takes photos of her friends, herself, animals, food... whatever it is, somehow the photos always come out looking really bizarre”.  She always tries to keep it kid-friendly unless there is something really stunning or strange that knocks the factor of the controversial out of any sort of real importance within the image.  She brings back a love of awkward people and settings and talent, which may be what her work is about in a lot of ways.  She always tries to take out any controversial stuff.  There is not much she dislikes more than blatantly controversial photos. I guess I just like fun stuff. Fun and funny. That sounds good.”   She has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Higher Pictures in New York, NY and White Flag Projects in St. Louis, MO, in addition to her shows at the Telephonebooth Contemporary Art and the Opie Gallery at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, MO.  There is an up-coming solo show at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.  The Whoop Dee Doo Group shows have been performed at the Deitch Projects in New York, NY; Rocket Project, Miami Fl; and Bemis, Omaha, NE.  She has been in group shows in Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France; O.H.W.O.W. , Miami, FL; David Castillo Annex, Miami, FL; Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Colette, Paris, France; Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK; 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Istanbul, Turkey; to name just a few in 2008 alone.  Her photography has also been published nationally and internationally.


Andrzej Zielinski received his B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his M.F.A. from Yale University. He is known for his luscious paintings of laptops and ATM Machines.  He is said to “unite painterly abstraction with the language of caricature.”  He has had solo exhibitions as well as group shows at the Nicole Klagsburn Gallery on New York, NY and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA. In addition to showing here in the Kansas City area, he has also shown at the Sundram Tagore Gallery in NY, NY; Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY; the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY;  The National Arts Club in NY, NY;  AICAD/New York Studio Program, New York NY; as well as numerous university galleries.


 A non-profit organization, Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) supports and recognizes outstanding artists in Kansas City; presents, promotes, enhances, and encourages the visual and performing arts; and fosters economic development in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo.  On all levels, CSF places artists at the center of its mission and has built an infrastructure that depends on and reflects their involvement. As a result, we are an organization that continually evolves in response to their input and in relation to the city’s larger cultural ecosystem.  For more about Charlotte Street Foundation and its activities, visit

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