• Fatimah Tuggar, Dream Team, 2009, computer montage (inkjet on vinyl), 36 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist © Fatimah Tuggar

     

    Fatimah Tuggar, Dream Team, 2009, computer montage (inkjet on vinyl), 36 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist © Fatimah Tuggar

     

  • Megan Pobywajlo, Pear and Wild Carrot/Literati Style, 2019, archival inkjet print on Dibond, 60 x 40 inches, courtesy of the artist © Megan Pobywajlo

    Megan Pobywajlo, Pear and Wild Carrot/Literati Style, 2019, archival inkjet print on Dibond, 60 x 40 inches, courtesy of the artist © Megan Pobywajlo

  • Boi Boy, Ascension, 2019, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, edition 1 of 10, courtesy of the artist © Boi Boy

    Boi Boy, Ascension, 2019, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, edition 1 of 10, courtesy of the artist © Boi Boy

2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards

Thursday, October 3, 2019 to Sunday, January 26, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to host the 2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition, presenting recent works by three Kansas City-based artists: Boi Boy, Megan Pobywajlo, and Fatimah Tuggar. A jury of arts professionals selected the artists to receive this prestigious award as a testament to their practice and achievements in the visual arts. Each artist has risen to the challenge of presenting a selection of new work and expanding individual presentation methods at Kemper Museum.

The brochure published in conjunction with the exhibition and authored by Jade Powers, assistant curator at Kemper Museum, offers insightful short essays in which she expounds upon the range of themes reflected in the work of each artist. The Museum also offers programming to accompany the exhibition, including a performance by the 2019 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow Sheri “Purpose” Hall.

In celebration of Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the Kemper Family Foundations is supporting the acquisition of a work from the 2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition, selected by Kemper Museum’s Future Collectors Club, to be announced prior to the close of the exhibition. The Future Collectors Club is a group interested in sharing collecting experiences, learning all aspects of collecting contemporary art, and includes opportunities to influence artwork acquisitions into the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

About the Artists

Boi Boy is a Kansas City Native who got their start in the KC art community while working with M.Y.A.R.T.S. (Metropolitan Youth Art and Technology for Students). After they graduated from the KCAI Fiber Program in 2016, Boi Boy was a Charlotte Street Foundation studio resident, and in 2017, received a Rocket Grants grant and Meow Wolf DIY Found in collaboration with Bo Hubbard to open Alter: Art Space. Boi Boy is also the recipient of a Gift of Faith Award and is currently a studio resident at The Drugstore.

Megan Pobywajlo is a photographer from San Diego, California. Megan works with pictures, zines, books, writing, performance, the internet, collaboration, and education to grow the democratic potential of photography. Since 2013, Megan has created local and traveling exhibitions, public events, and publication projects centered on photography with Archive Collective, a Kansas City-based group that provides opportunities for engagement with photography.

Fatimah Tuggar is a Nigerian-born, Kanas City-based multidisciplinary artist who uses technology as medium and subject in her work to serve as metaphors for power dynamics. She combines objects, images, and sounds from diverse cultures, geographies, and histories to comment on how media and technology broadly impacts local and global realities. Tuggar’s work has been widely exhibited at international venues, in over twenty-five countries and has been the subject of various panels and articles.