Third Friday Art Downtown

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Third Friday Art Downtown

23 East 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
June 17th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

United States
12-5pm Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays; 11-6pm Thursdays


Charlotte Street Foundation's Urban Culture Project presents
Friday, June 17, 6-9pm
Featuring open studios, performances, and exhibitions on view - all free in downtown KCMO!

OPEN STUDIOS - 30+ studios, 3 studio venues & live music & dance performances!
Plenty of Action, No Control: an exhibition of new work by Phil Shafer & Miguel Rodriguez
Swailing: an installation of cut paper drawings by Lee Emma Running

Charlotte Street's Urban Culture Project hosts its final Third Friday Art Downtown event until the fall on the evening of Friday, June 17, 6-9pm. All free and open to the public, the evening features open studios at three locations plus ongoing exhibitions at Paragraph and Project Space.


1. OPEN STUDIOS AT CITY CENTER SQUARE, 1100 Main, 5th floor (enter at 12th & Main):
Open studios by new and continuing visual artists in the studio residency program:

Anthony Baab, Terry Campbell, John Davis Carroll, Christina Dostaler, Andrew Erdrich (new!), Misha Kligman, Jenni Mc (new!), Carmen Moreno, Frank Norfleet, David Overholt (new!), Clinton Ricketts (new!), Sean Starowitz, and Cheryl Toh.
PLUS live performances:
7pm: Choreographer/dancer Leralee Whittle presents excerpts from PARTS
8pm: Composer/musician Matt Otto and guests present original compositions

2. OPEN STUDIOS AT TOWN PAVILION, 1100 Walnut, 6th floor:
Visual artists Brandon Barr, Diane Burchett, Luke Firle (new!), Andrew Lyles (new!), Katherine O'Hara, Phil Shafer, Neil Thrun (new!), and Waseem Touma (new!). Including Flutter, a new multi-media installation by visual artist Jeff Tackett.

3. OPEN STUDIOS AT PARTNERSHIP PLACE, 906 Grand, 13th floor:
Visual artists Katie Ford (new!), Erika Lynn Hansen, Cory Imig, Paul Anthony Smith, Nicholas Naughton, Julie Malen, and Luke Rocha.

PLENTY OF ACTION, NO CONTROL: An exhibition of new work by Phil Shafer & Miguel Rodriguez
Paragraph Gallery / 23 E. 12th Street / Open Third Friday June 17: 6-9pm

With this exhibition, Rodriguez and Shafer, peers and friends since studying together at Kansas City Art Institute in the late 90s, combine efforts to shape a dramatic, multi-media environment in which issues surrounding identity, race, politics, and pop culture are confronted. The mix of work featured - sculptures, installations, wall paintings, digital prints, video animation - takes cues from the entertainment industry, including cinema, theatre and club venues; from graphic design; and from the streets.

(This exhibition runs through July 2, 2011; regular hours are Wed, Fri & Sat 12-5; Thurs 11-6)

SWAILING: An installation by Lee Emma Running
Project Space / 21 E. 12th Street / Open Third Friday June 17: 6-9pm

Lee Emma Running's work is attentive to the particularities of her landscape, inspired by both subtle changes that come with the change of season, and the intricacy of specimens gathered in the natural world. Using simple tools of projection, tracing, stenciling and cutting, and a combination of close handwork and digital manipulation, her work investigates the beauty and complexity of natural phenomena, and expands characteristics of biological ephemera. In particular, the work featured in Swailing, a term that refers to the prescribed burning of prairie or marshland, its specifically inspired by mystery and spectacle of the burning of grasses, and what is revealed in the wake of this process.

(This exhibition runs through July 2, 2011; regular hours are Wed, Fri, & Sat 12-5; Thurs 11-6)

Urban Culture Project is an initiative of the Charlotte Street Foundation, an organization dedicated to making Kansas City a place where artists and art thrive. Urban Culture Project creates new opportunities for artists of all disciplines and contributes to urban revitalization by transforming spaces in downtown Kansas City into new venues for multi-disciplinary contemporary arts programming. For more information, visit

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