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June 2018

Summer Exhibitions at H&R Block Artspace

June 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - September 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Join us to celebrate the opening of Artspace's summer exhibitions on June 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.! Main Gallery: "2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile" A signature Artspace event, the "2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile" is the 9th project in this popular biennial series. The Flatfile offers a uniquely intimate art viewing experience and a chance to discover new works by emerging and established Kansas City-based artists. Art lovers are invited to peruse flatfile cabinets filled with over 200 custom-made artist portfolios holding an excitingly diverse range of flat works, and a screening station will feature time-based works included in the Digitalfile. Guest curators will be invited to curate salon walls and queues each month, creating a dynamic and ever-changing experience. Guest curators for June will be Hesse McGraw, principal at el dorado inc. and Alex Priest, public engagement, marketing, and curatorial at el dorado inc. Studio Gallery: "Commonspace" Throughout 2018, the Artspace will be dedicating our Studio Gallery to "Commonspace." This project underscores the notion that the Artspace acts as a commons—a cultural resource available to all members of our community for collective benefit. Modeled as an exhibition of community action, "Commonspace" endeavors to facilitate “do-it-together” programs…

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October 2018

2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards

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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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. Join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, October 11 from 6-8 p.m.      

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June 2019

Now/Here at H&R Block Artspace

June 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - August 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present Now/Here, a group exhibition featuring Kansas City-based artists who explore narratives through the lenses of experience, memory, place, history, and race.  Now/Here features a selection of works that include photography, painting, sculpture, prints, and installation, while the exhibition presents a range of visual languages and approaches to materiality that considers questions of representation and identity. Featured artists: Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Ruben Castillo, Jorge García Almodóvar, Rashawn Griffin, Kwanza Humphrey, Kathy Liao, Whitney Manney, Desiree Morales, Andrew Ordonez, Carlos Ortiz-Gallo, Rebeka Pech Moguel, Anthony Marcos Rea, William Plummer, Angelica Sandoval, Kiki Serna, Hyeyoung Shin, Chico Sierra, Heinrich Toh, William Toney. Guest Curator Silvia Beatriz Abisaab (’16 Photography) is an artist, organizer, and active member of the Kansas City art community.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues in Kansas City, and she has held positions and worked collaboratively with organizations that include the Kansas City Art Institute, Charlotte Street Foundation, Front/Space, and 50/50.  She is a founding member of the Artists of Color Alliance (AOCA), established in Kansas City in 2016 as a collective of self-identifying creatives of color active in the Midwest region, as a discussion forum to explore issues of…

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January 2020

Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - March 14 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Join us for an opening reception Friday, January 31, 6-8 p.m. Celebrating 20 years of artists, art and ideas in 2020, the Artspace continues its commitment to presenting timely, solo projects by internationally recognized, mid-career artists offering diverse perspectives. The Artspace is pleased to present Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know, a timely project by textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark, focuses on the seemingly unremarkable dishcloth that played a crucial role in ending the Civil War in the spring of 1865. Pressed into service as the South’s flag of surrender at Appomattox, Va., this cloth became known as the Confederate Flag of Truce.  Featuring six new works created for the exhibition, Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know reimagines the Truce Flag and invites us to reconsider the stories our inherited monuments and symbols present. This exhibition continues Clark’s ongoing exploration of the legacy of cultural symbols and serves as a timely catalyst for dialogue about the scars of the Confederacy and America’s ability to acknowledge and reckon with history, social justice, institutional racism, and racial inequality. Upcoming Public Programs Image: Sonya Clark, 2015. Photo credit: Diego Valdez. SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, March 5 The Artspace is pleased to host Sonya Clark as the Kansas City Art…

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