Please join us for a conversation between 2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award recipients Marie Bannerot McInerney, Jarrett Mellenbruch, and Jillian Youngbird. Curator Jennifer Baker will guide a discussion inspired by themes within the exhibition and informed by each artists’ processes and strategies of inquiry and research.
Since 1997, Charlotte Street’s Visual Artist Award has supported outstanding visual artists living in Kansas City through annual, unrestricted cash awards distributed directly to visual artists. These competitive awards recognize local artists who are creating outstanding artwork and show great accomplishment and promise by providing financial support, critical attention, and increased exposure with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development. For the eighth time in the award’s 21-year history, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute will proudly present the 2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards exhibition featuring new work by the 2018 Fellows: Marie Bannerot McInerney, Jarrett Mellenbruch, and Jillian Youngbird.
Jennifer Baker serves as Assistant Curator at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute where she develops projects that are dedicated to artists, art, and ideas. Baker previously worked at Pulitzer Arts Foundation and was invited to be the inaugural Curatorial Fellow at Granite City Art and Design District (G-CADD) in 2015. Additional curatorial projects have been realized at a number of galleries and project spaces in Omaha, Nashville, and St. Louis, and her work has appeared in various online and print publications. Baker received her BA in Fine Art and Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and her MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis.
Marie Bannerot McInerney is multidisciplinary artist and educator. Her site-responsive installations invite moments of reflection in order to consider human agency within the framework of ecological systems and natural phenomena. She has exhibited across the United States and abroad including shows at the Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA), Mildred Lane Kemper Museum (Saint Louis, MO), Corcoran College (Washington, DC), Coop Gallery (Nashville, TN), Friedrich Schiller University (Jena, Germany), and Han Tianheng Art Museum Shanghai (Shanghai City, China). McInerney co-authored an essay in the book, Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of our Contact Zone and was awarded a Cultural Exchange Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. Her formative years were spent in Houston, TX before earning her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Jarrett Mellenbruch is a transdisciplinary artist with a public and socially engaged focus, and his creative inquiries result in a studio practice that integrates complementary disciplines into a concentrated conceptual and practical synthesis. He regularly explore ways to cross-pollinate work between fields, in particular between his lifelong passions for art, science and placemaking. Mellenbruch is a native of Kansas City. After finishing his undergraduate studies at The Rhode Island School of Design he lived and worked for twelve years in New York City and later earned his MFA at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. He now maintains a full time art practice and is a lecturer in sculpture and social practice at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Jillian Youngbird is a visual artist living and working in Kansas City, MO. She studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and currently works at a non-profit arts studio teaching and supporting artists with developmental disabilities. Her work has been shown nationally, with exhibitions as far away as Alaska and California. She was a 2017-18 Charlotte Street Resident, as well as a Charlotte Street Visual Artist Fellow, and received the Byron C. Cohen award in 2018.
Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall, KCAI campus
4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Images: Jillian Youngbird, «The Daughter Sure Favors the Mother» (detail); Jarrett Mellenbruch «The Eternal Question II» (detail); Marie Bannerot McInerney, "[Ap]Parent Bodies" (detail)