Every Street is Charlotte Street

October 21 - December 16

Charlotte Street commemerated its 20th anniversary in 2017 with Every Street is Charlotte Street, a city-wide initiative that features 20 years of Charlotte Street Award Fellows and the catalytic partnerships that have made it possible for a vibrant arts ecology in Kansas City to evolve. Since its founding in 1999, the Artspace has been a vital partner in supporting Kansas City-based artists and producing programs that support the mission of the Charlotte Street Foundation.
At the Artspace, Every Street Is Charlotte Street celebrates this partnership with an archive that spans nearly two decades presented in the Cohen Resource Room. This celebratory 20-year anniversary project serves as an archival timeline of this collaboration to highlight Artspace programs that have supported the creation of new work by Charlotte Street Award Fellows, including 7 CSF Visual Arts Awards exhibitions, 6 Artspace Project Walls, and 17 exhibitions and performances.
Every Street Is Charlotte Street is organized by Sara Garrison, Artspace Block Fellow (KCAI Design ’16).

Selections from the Collection - KCAI Impressions: H.C. Westermann

August 12 - September 30, 2017

Selections from the Collection
KCAI Impressions: H.C. Westermann
As a collaborative venture that joined artists, educators, students, and master printers, KCAI Impressions was an innovative initiative where new works of art were printed at the Kansas City Art Institute in the McKim/Lemon Lithography Workshop, launched between 1964 and 1965 by master printer Jack Lemon, who graduated from KCAI in 1963, and William McKim, a professor of painting and printmaking at the Art Institute.
The workshop was informed by Tamarind Press, founded in 1960 by June Wayne to reawaken the art of lithography in the United States. After graduating from KCAI, Jack Lemon studied at Tamarind prior to beginning the professional workshop in Kansas City, and he was able to implement a unique program that engaged faculty members, students and visiting artists between 1965 and 1968.
The limited editions, or impressions, created in the workshop were donated to the college to form a small teaching collection. Although production within the McKim/Lemon Lithograph Workshop was brief, the workshop itself was among the first of its kind within an American academic setting, and the resultant KCAI Impressions relay an important historical period of printmaking at KCAI and within the United States, when lithography was being rediscovered as a viable and unique art form.
Created at KCAI, this historically significant suite of 5 lithographs by H.C. Westermann represent the artist’s first attempts at lithography and introduce themes that are present throughout the artist’s career. The subjects and motifs here include references to Westermann’s experiences of war while serving on the U.S.S Enterprise during WWII and reflect his interests in popular science fiction, comics, and novels of the 1950s.

KCAI Impressions includes works by Richard Diebenkorn, H.C. Westermann, Peter Saul, Rosalind Drexler, William McKim, Dale Eldred, Wilbur Niewald, Ernst Trova and others.