2015 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards Checklist

10/24/2015 - 12/16/2015

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Jill Downen
Threshold, 2015
gold leaf, acetate, watercolor paper, cement, pumice, plaster, acrylic, matte medium, dry pigment, drywall joint compound, polystyrene, and latex

Courtesy of the artist and Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis

Misha Kligman
Grasp, 2015
oil on canvas

Courtesy of the artist

Misha Kligman
Goodnight Nobody, 2015
oil on canvas

Courtesy of the artist

Misha Kligman
The Unsaid, 2015

oil on canvas

Courtesy of the artist

Misha Kligman
Not Yet, 2015
oil on canvas

Courtesy of the artist

Rashawn Griffin
Untitled, 2015
fabric, glass, collage, wood, water soluble oil, acrylic, gouache, and mixed media

Courtesy of the artist

Rashawn Griffin
Dimple, 2015
acrylic mirror plexiglass, wood, vinyl, and light

Courtesy of the artist

Rashawn Griffin
Untitled (can’t do this), 2015
ink and graphite on paper, acrylic, wood, plastic, fur, and reed

Courtesy of the artist

Rashawn Griffin
Untitled (and I would eat my children), 2015
wool, denim, polyester, and thread
Courtesy of the artist

Special thanks to Zach Aaron and Reliant Media Systems

Jill Downen
Downen’s art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration, and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities.

Significant awards include: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Studios Inc Residency in Kansas City, MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts residency, and Cité International des Arts Residency in Paris. Downen has created site specific installations for museums such as Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and American University Art Museum at the Katzen. Downen has been invited to lecture about her work extensively, including the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the Luce Irigaray Circle Philosophy Conference in New York. Her art has been reviewed in publications including Art in America, Sculpture, Art Papers, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York Times. Downen lives and maintains her studio in Kansas City, and is represented by the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis. She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA as a Danforth Scholar from Washington University in St. Louis. Jill Downen is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute.

“The body is the primary vehicle one has for understanding the world. I want to offer viewers immersive environments that heighten the senses and ways of knowing that are often private and experiential. I see architecture as an extension of the body; a metaphoric prolongation of self. In my visual language, the city is flesh and both people and buildings embody the nature of temporality. I see human culture as being in a state of need for stillness and quietness. My art offers audiences a place to slow down and alter their perceptions in order to see and think in new ways.”

Rashawn Griffin
Rashawn Griffin works in painting, sculpture, and installation.  With materials ranging from fabric and tassels to paint and cookies, his practice uses poetic relationships between objects and painting, highlighting the “strangeness and beauty” in-between.

He was born in Los Angeles, California and he received a MFA from Yale University in 2005. Griffin was a 2005-2006 resident of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s AIR program. Since then, his work has been exhibited widely, including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, a the two-person exhibition at the Studio Museum (RSVP), as well as “Freeway Balconies” at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany and “Black Now” at the Longwood Gallery in the Bronx, New York, curated by Collier Schorr and Fred Wilson respectively.  Recently the subject of the solo exhibition “A hole-in-the-wall country” at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, his work has been included in the exhibition “Minimal Baroque” at Rønnebæksholm in Næstved, Denmark, as well as “30 Seconds off an Inch” at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Misha Kligman
Misha Kligman’s work is self-reflective insofar as it originates from the examination of the subjective experience.  However, each body of Kligman’s work points to larger themes such as the tension between death and duty, thought and action, empathy and justice, and generally the relationship of art to one’s life.

Misha Kligman received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Kansas in 2009 and BA in Art from Cleveland State University in 2001.  Most recently Kligman’s work has been exhibited at 1522 Saint Louise, Kansas City and appeared in New American Painting, issue #119.  Reviews of Kligman’s work have been published in The Kansas City Star, Lawrence Journal-World and The Cleveland Plain Dealer among others.  Kligman is a participant in the curatorial collaborative Plug Projects and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Art at the Johnson County Community College.  He lives and works in Kansas City where he shares a studio with his wife, painter Amy Kligman.