Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows · 2005

Callyann Casteel · Miles Neidinger · Max Key · Craig Subler · Sean Ward

Established in 1997 to recognize outstanding achievement by Kansas City artists, the Charlotte Street Foundation has distributed grants to 51 local artists.  These unrestricted awards enable artists to focus on creating new work, often providing means for experimentation.  The awards and consequent exhibition offer artists significant exposure, along with the opportunity for attracting critical feedback.  The Charlotte Street Foundation also heightens the city’s viability as a place for professional artists to live and work.  As the Foundation celebrates its ninth anniversary, Kansas City commands national attention for the rich and diverse artwork created here and now.  This is the second Charlotte Street Foundation exhibition presented by the Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art. 

With the Charlotte Street Foundation awards, the idea that Kansas City artists are increasingly breaking new ground with their work and worthy of recognition becomes less of a local mantra and more of an established cultural truth. The funding buys award recipients time and materials to pursue new ideas, and the out-of-town panelists who weigh in on selecting award winners offer an objective vote of confidence that lingers as a note-to-self about why Kansas City artists should be on their short lists for future shows and events. In this year's round of award winners, performance mingles with visual aesthetics. Established artists explore innovative directions after years of success while emerging ones take flight. It is an exciting, engaging mix that ensures an interesting future for Kansas City.

Essays for the accompanying gallery guide are by Becca Ramspott.

A 2002 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s printmaking program, Callyann Casteel worked for Paul Mesner Puppets in Kansas City from 2002 to 2003.

Born in Madison County, Illinois, Max Key graduated from KCAI in 1996 with a BFA in Painting.

Miles Neidinger graduated from KCAI in 2000 with a BFA in Sculpture.

Craig Subler has worked as Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, since 1980. He earned his MFA and MA degrees from the University of Iowa, and he received a BFA from the Dayton Art Institute.

Sean Ward was born in Eastern Long Island, New York, and is a 2000 graduate of KCAI.