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H&R Block Announces Fall Exhibitions

October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - December 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) opens its fall season with the 2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards exhibition, featuring new work by the 2018 Fellows: KCAI Assistant Professor of Fiber Marie Bannerot McInerney, Adjunct Faculty Member Jarrett Mellenbruch and Alumna Jillian Youngbird. Artspace is hosting this exhibition for the eighth time in the award’s 21-year history.

Since 1997, Charlotte Street’s Visual Artist Award has supported outstanding visual artists living in Kansas City through annual, unrestricted cash awards distributed directly to visual artists. These competitive awards recognize local artists who are creating outstanding artwork and show great accomplishment and promise by providing financial support, critical attention, and increased exposure with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development.

The Artspace will continue to dedicate the Studio Gallery upstairs to Commonspace. Modeled as an exhibition of community action, Commonspace facilitates “do-it-together” programs and events in collaboration with other institutions that consider how creativity, action, and information intersect. This project aims to create new bodies of knowledge, engage audiences around issues of urgency and resonance, address media literacy and bring together artists, scholars, activists, librarians, students and political and cultural leaders for in-depth exploration into how information is gathered, processed and shared.


Thursday, October 11
6 – 8 p.m. Opening Reception
2018 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition

Fridays, October 26 & December 7
12 – 1 p.m. TNT (the noon thing)
Noon-time public engagement series offering additional context to the exhibitions on view.

Friday, November 2
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For Freedoms Town Hall: Slowness
Guest panelists: C.J. Javony, Independent Author and Digital Content Editor at KCUR; Jay Johnson, Associate Professor and Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas; and Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University

Inspired by the themes of the artworks in the 2018 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition, with an interdisciplinary focus, and in partnership with For Freedoms (an artist-led platform for action and engagement) in Commonspace, the Artspace will host a town hall discussion that seeks to encourage more active, collaborative, inclusive and empathetic communities.

Thursday, November 8
7 – 8 p.m. Current Perspectives: CSF Visual Artist Awards
Panel discussion inspired by themes within the exhibition and informed by each artists’ processes and strategies of inquiry and research.
Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice, 4415 Warwick

Friday, November 30
5 – 8 p.m. Artspace After Hours
In conjunction with KCAI’s end of semester shows, Artspace will host an Open House in the galleries.

Third Thursdays: October 18 & November 15
6:30 – 8 p.m. PDF Club
Reading and discussion group inspired by the exhibitions on view, held each third Thursday in Commonspace. RSVP to jebaker@kcai.edu

First Fridays: November 2 & December 7
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Friday Meditation Series
Guided meditation inspired by the exhibitions on view. RSVP to mdcain@kcai.edu

About the H&R Block Artspace
Artists. Art. Ideas.
Dedicated to artists, art, and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, and the general public. Support is provided by the H&R Block Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. To schedule a group visit or gallery talk with Artspace staff, call 816-802-3571. For more information about the Artspace and public programs, visit http://www.kcai.edu/artspace.


October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
December 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


H&R Block Artspace
16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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