a charlotte street 15 year anniversary project considering the history and future of artist-driven pioneering in Kansas City and the changing nature of the city's "frontiers"

Call For Artist + Writer Participants — Deadline: April 20

Two The Frontier  project curators seek applications from individuals wishing to be considered for participation in their projects.

As a part of her curatorial project for The Frontier, Molly Kaderka is creating a book of poetry and short essays inspired by Kansas City and the Midwest. This book will be exhibited during Phase II of The Frontier, spanning May 23-July 7, and will be included in the project’s physical and digital archive. While a wide variety of work will be considered, Kaderka has a special interest in pieces that expand on, elaborate, or draw inspiration from the following theme, which is also guiding her selection of visual works:

The Midwest, Kansas City in particular, was the historic birthplace of regionalist painting. Throughout their lifetimes, famous painters like Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry painted images of everyday Midwestern life to use as a platform for expressing social and political issues of the time. While the visual style of, and even the term, regionalist painting has changed and died out, many artists in the Kansas City area still look to their immediate surroundings for inspiration and cultural critique. Works included in this project will feature strong reactions to urban development and the homogenization of suburban architecture.

To be considered: Send submissions to mkaderka@kcai.edu. Poetry and essays should be no longer than 600 words. All participating writers will be given a manuscript copy of the book.

Erika Lynne Hanson’s curatorial project, Frontier: To Face; Now Rare (working title), will also be presented at Paragraph/Project Space during Phase II of The Frontier.


b. ‘That part of a country which forms the border of its settled or inhabited regions: as (before the settlement of the Pacific coast), the western frontier of the United States’

Verb 2. trans.
a. To look upon the frontier, boundary, or coast of; to face; now rare.

Starting with the above definitions of “frontier,” Hanson’s project aims to look at the notion of the frontier as a space that is continually evolving and being redefined, containing both the excitement and anxiety of the unknown. Questions include but are not limited to: Where does this space still exist? Is it physical or metaphorical? Can it be found in Kansas City? How can we as artists respond to boundaries that are in motion? Are there connections between the technological and the ecological?

She is specifically seeking artists to create/present new projects that will evolve throughout the exhibition and will utilize/incorporate video, sound, performance, installation, and/or interaction.

To be considered: E-mail a brief statement of interest or proposal and a link to a website with work samples to erikalynnehanson@gmail.com by April 20.

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This entry was posted on March 27, 2012 by in Exhibition, Participate, Phase II Projects.
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