Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows · 2002

Lori Raye Erickson · Tammi Kennedy · Marcie Miller Gross · May Tviet · Alonzo Washington · Davin Watne

Established in 1997 to recognize outstanding artistic achievement, the Charlotte Street Fund has distributed direct grants to 34 local artists.  In economic terms, these grants enable artists to focus on creating work, often providing means for experimentation with new formats and approaches.  In terms of career, the award and consequent exhibition offer significant acclaim, encouragement, exposure, and opportunity for critical feedback.  On a broader level, the Fund raises the bar in Kansas City, representing a goal for emerging artists to work toward and an increased sense of the city’s viability as a place for working artists to stay.  As the Fund celebrates its sixth anniversary, it should come as no surprise to find Kansas City commanding national attention for the richness of artwork being made right here and now.

All essays for the gallery guide are by Randall Griffey, Assistant Curator of American Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Lori Raye Erickson earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989.

Tammi Kennedy has a Masters in Art Education, 2002, and a BA, 1989, from Southwest Missouri State University. She has taught art at Liberty High School in Missouri since 1992.

Marcie Miller Gross was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and she holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy, 1990, a BFA from the University of Kansas, 1982, and she studied at the University of California Santa Barbara and the Kansas City Art Institute. 

A graduate of Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, with a Master of Industrial Design in 1991, and the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in 1989, May Tveit has taught at the University of Kansas since 1999.

Alonzo Washington was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and studied at Kansas City Community College, Pioneer Community College, and Kansas City Media Project Communications.

Artist Davin Watne was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994.