Library Kicks Off Year Long Series of Exhibits Commemorating the Charlotte Street Foundation

Mon, 01/09/2017
Courtney Lewis
Library Kicks Off Year Long Series of Exhibits Commemorating the Charlotte Street Foundation

Kansas City, Missouri - The Kansas City Public Library is opening a yearlong series of exhibits commemorating the 20th anniversary of the arts-nurturing Charlotte Street Foundation.

Beginning Saturday, January 7, 2017, the Library will showcase the works of acclaimed painter and former Charlotte Street award winner Warren Rosser in the Genevieve Guldner Gallery at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Rosser is one of four award winners to be featured in the Guldner Gallery throughout 2017 as part of the program Every Street is Charlotte Street.

“The Library is thrilled to partner with the Charlotte Street Foundation to showcase award-winning artists who continue to thrive in Kansas City,” said Anne Ducey, the Library’s exhibit director. “We will give Central Library visitors the opportunity to see some of the work that earned these artists their awards as well as new work that highlights the evolution of their practices. We’re so happy to be able to bring these four diverse exhibits to Downtown.”

"The Kansas City Public Library Central Library is an ideal partner to kick off Every Street is Charlotte Street,” said Amy Kligman, executive/artistic director of the Charlotte Street Foundation. “The Library is a pillar of the Kansas City community, a resource open to everyone, and a place that is ideal for connecting artists and the public.”

Rosser, the William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and past chair of the Kansas City Art Institute’s painting department for 28 years, was a Charlotte Street Award recipient in 2000.

The exhibit Coloring Space features selections from various series he has created since then, demonstrating his interest in painting, construction, and printmaking.
The works of former Charlotte Street award winners rotate quarterly in the Guldner Gallery. Those artists also include:
  • Photographer Mike Sinclair, April 1 – June 11
  • Artist Jessica Kincaid, July 1 – September 17
  • Visual artist & illustrator Rodolfo Marron III, October 7 – December 31
The Library is one of 20 partners across the Metro involved with Every Street is Charlotte Street, including The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Folly Theatre, H&R Block Artspace, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.