Category Archives: Resident News


Please visit Charlotte Street’s new Studio Residency blog:! Replacing this site, the new site features profiles of the more than thirty visual artists, performing artists  and writers who began residencies September 2013, and will feature updates on their work throughout the coming year. Please check it out here to learn more about the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program and  our 2013-2014 Studio Residents.

Gamelan activities to date

The ensemble has been actively updating repertoire in our “book” of tunes available for various performances and also creating new music for a collaboration with the duo Nagual for the Black Lab Performance Series held at Paragraph Gallery.

We began this process in the summer by re-introducing a composition by our teacher, I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, that was composed for the group early in his residency entitled Gita Genta Kasturi.  

This work was incorporated in an hour-long performance curated by ensemble member Shawn Hansen in collaboration with visiting artists Nagual, primarily a guitar duo, that occurred on Oct 5 at the Paragraph Gallery.  This performance also incorporated “conduction” like textures created and directed by ensemble members Sam Hughes and Wayne Yockey.  The inclusion of these improvised textures heralded a new direction in available sonic approaches for the group, since most tradtional gamelan repertoire is highly composed.


Our work since completing this performance has involved primarily re-introducing a standard dance work from Balinese repertoire entitled Oleg Tamulilingan composed by I Wayan Beratha.

We plan to present part of this piece along with a demo for the December 13th Open House event at 5pm in the Black Box on the 6th Floor of Town Pavilion.

Our next concert event will be a small group performance as part of  Jazz Winterlude at Johnson County Community College on January 25 at 4pm.

Individual posts will highlight both of these events.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi backs up Indonesian Community of Kansas City dancers @ Ethnic Enrichment Festival


On Saturday August 17, 2013, Gamelan Genta Kasturi was both proud and pleased to support Kansas City’s Indonesian community by providing live music for their dance troupe at the 2013 Ethnic Enrichment Festival at the Swope Park Pavilion. The Indonesian 30-minute presentation began at 7:30 pm and was very well received by the audience, which was said to be the largest number of attendees in the history of the festival.  We are very happy to have reconnected with our friends in the Indonesian Community and look forward to future collaborations!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event, The Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission states: “For 34 years, the residents of the [KC] metropolitan area and visitors to the midwest celebrate our annual “Taste the World” Festival. This three-day event is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country and features more than 66 different cultures selling their native foods, crafts and performing ethnic music and dances. Each year, the festival is held during the third full weekend of August near the front entrance of historic Swope Park, Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway.”

Art Through Architecture MO Bank Artboards feature Calder Kamin

Be sure to look up this First Friday in the Crossroads!

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Photo credit: Jim Walker

On the east-facing billboards of Missouri Bank Artboard in the crossroads district of Kansas City, MO, Calder Kamin presents two images titled Invaders (above). Reading right to left, on the first panel features a sparse flock of flying European starlings. These birds represent the first 100 released in Central Park in by Eugene Schieffelin, a drug manufacturer, who hoped to introduce every bird mentioned by Shakespeare to North America. On the second panel the few have flourished into a dense swarm, representative of the masses of starlings we see on our skyline today. After 150 years the European Starling has come to dominate our skies and cities with populations ranging to all parts of the United States. Kamin’s series of invasive species illustrations serve as reminder of how culture, including the behavior and decisions of specific individuals, affect the natural world.

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About the Artboards:

An Art through Architecture “Art Achievement” project, the Missouri Bank “Artboards” launched fall 2008, when the building’s existing double-sided billboards were renovated and converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists as part of the bank’s purchase and renovation of the building to house its Crossroads Branch, completed by Helix Architecture + Design. Art through Architecture, a partnership of Charlotte Street Foundation and American Institute of Architects-Kansas City, administers the programming of the Artboards in collaboration with a panel of Missouri Bank representatives.

Art through Architecture (AtA) is designed to encourage collecting and commissioning work by Kansas City area artists through architectural practice. Through AtA, new architectural projects may earn Gold, Silver or Bronze levels of Art Achievement by dedicating a percentage of the total construction budget to collecting artworks, commissioning temporary or permanent artworks, and/or including artists on design teams.

Citrus Paradisi and Figure Obscura, opening July 12th at the Project Space/Paragraph Gallery

Charlotte Street is pleased to present Citrus Paradisi: of flesh & skin and Figure Obscura, part of the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program ¶ Series.


Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th from 6-9 pm

Exhibition Runs: July 12 – August 3

Location: Project Space / 21 East 12th Street KCMO 64105

Skye Livingston, Dapple, 2013

Citrus Paradisi: of flesh & skin is an experimental exhibition by Skye Livingston exploring the idea of healing oneself, focusing on the elements of nourishment, tension and fragility. At the heart of this exhibition lies the grapefruit, utilized by Livingston as a metaphor for the human body. Large-scale digital prints of grapefruit skin, juxtaposed by various grapefruit edibles provide viewers with a hands-on experience. Citrus Paradisi: of flesh & skin was partially funded by an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC.


Skye Livingston is a current resident of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project studios, in downtown Kansas City. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012, where she studied fiber and art history. Her multi-disciplinary work often explores the process of healing through the use of skin-like materials. For more about Skye Livingston, go to

GALLERY HOURS: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11-6



Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th from 6-9 pm

Exhibition Runs: July 12 – August 3

Location: Paragraph Gallery / 23 East 12th Street KCMO 64105

Rachel Gregor, Untitled Self Portrait

Rachel Gregor, Untitled Self-Portrait, 2012

Figure Obscura, is a group show that will feature unique depictions of the body and figure. Focusing on capturing the emotional or narrative undertone of figure, and neglecting to portray reality, these works refresh their historical genre. Featuring work by: Elizabeth Allen-Cannon*, Rachel Gregor*, Molly Kaderka*, Krystal Kuhn, Rudy Marron*, Katy McRoberts*, Andy Ozier, Yulie Urano and Teal Wilson. Curated by Skye Livingston*.

GALLERY HOURS: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11-6

*Indicates a current Urban Culture Project studio resident.


The Arts Council advances and supports the arts for the benefit of the Kansas City region. The Inspiration Grant program funds special projects and professional development for individual artists. The ArtsKC Fund raises approximately $420,000 annually from Workplace Giving, corporate, foundation, and individual support. As Kansas City’s united arts fund, the ArtsKC Fund is the community’s opportunity to support arts programming, arts organizations, and artists. Grants are awarded four times a year to applicants selected by a panel of community representatives.


The Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program ¶ Series is a new effort to expand opportunities for- and public engagement with the work of- Charlotte Street’s Studio Residents. From December 2012 through mid-2013, Paragraph Gallery is dedicated to exhibitions, performances, and projects produced by and featuring the work of its 2012-13 Studio Residency artists.


Rites of Being an Evening of New Opera Works

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Gamelan Genta Kasturi 10th Anniversary Performance May 18

Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Kansas City’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary with a special concert in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112) at 4pm on Saturday May 18.

This performance will be an overview of material from the group’s ten year history and will include traditional Balinese repertoire and original compositions by ensemble founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and current ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway.

This concert will also feature visual images by fellow Studio Resident  Jennifer Williams and shadow imagery by past Studio Resident Nihan Yesil.

The event is FREE and open to the public; a $10 donation is suggested. Receive a free CD with your donation: Gamelan Genta Kasturi’s “Kembang Anyar”.

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