50/50 is a platform for fostering progressive dialogues of equally exhibited local and national artists. With an emphasis on exhibiting emerging to mid-career artists who take risks within varying disciplines, 50/50 will broaden Kansas City’s art ecology. Constructed from two shipping containers, the venue will expand upon the concept of 50/50 while activating unused urban space in the West Bottoms.
Cambria Potter is Director and Curator of 50/50, Hannah Lodwick is Curator. They are both visual artists in Kansas City. 50/50 is supported by a group of community members that help tell our story. This includes:
Julia Cole is the Rocket Grants Program Coordinator and visual artist in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bill Haw is the Owner of Haw Contemporary and is a West Bottoms Developer. He is the owner of the parking lot at 1628 Wyoming Street.
Vladimir Kristic is the Director and CEO of the Kansas City Design Center and collaborated with 50/50 in the design of the building.
Amy Kligman is a Plug Projects Co-Founder, Co-Curator and she is a visual artist in Kansas City.
50/50 has four equivalent programming platforms including; exhibitions, a Digital Archive that will pioneer as Kansas City's first interactive web-based curatorial platform, a billboard series displaying artist work, and a lecture series showcasing local and national experts.
The Exhibitions will feature half local and half national artists with six openings a year. 50/50 will exhibit emerging to mid-career artists who take risks within varying disciplines and allow opportunities for project based work to utilize 50/50 as a ‘whiteboard’.
The Digital Archive will document the exhibition online accessibly for a national audience and supplies supplemental research to our audience with: studio visits, artist profiles, and extensive didactics. The Archive will allow for active participation within the platform through Polls, Q + A forums, hashtags, and a wiki page that promotes editing and production on a public level. The Archive will culminate into a physical book annually that will be published to produce revenue for the following programming year.
The Billboard Series will provide an additional space for artists to have their work displayed through a prompted open call that relates to the current exhibition on display. The billboard will also be integrated into the landscape, making 50/50 a destination while mimicking pre-existing West Bottoms’ structures.
The Lecture Series will utilize the billboard to project an online lecturer and a local lecturer to the public and will relate to the theme of the exhibition. It will provide Kansas City with new lecturers through an online interface who are otherwise unattainable due to lack of resources.
50/50 is activating unused urban space in the West Bottoms of Kansas City in a parking lot. We are motivated towards making the lot a destination for the arts and outdoor events. This will help show an example of a solution for unused urban space for Kansas City and the nation, as it has become a common occurrence for today's urban cities.
50/50 Located at 1628 Wyoming Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
The Westbottom's Stockyards District, is a rich cultural neighborhood for the arts including the galleries Haw Contemporary, Bill Brady and Plug Projects.
August 2014: Break ground at 1628 Wyoming St., Kansas City, Missouri January 2015: Our first exhibition, COHOST opens and subsequent programming begins.
50/50 is committed to a two year minimum lease agreement after the opening of our first exhibition.
HOW WE WILL USE THE FUNDS:
Funds from our Kickstarter will support our exhibitions, programming and the building of our space. With the help of funding from a Rocket Grant project award, 50/50 has the incredible support from the Charlotte Street Foundation, The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. With this vow of confidence in 50/50, we are now asking members of our local and national community for their support as well.
50/50 will be completely sustainable upon construction through making use of alternative building structures and energy resources. This model allows us to provide more direct support to artists, and 80% of our annual operational budget is reserved for artist stipends. Your support today will help make this happen!
All rewards have an expected shipping date of October 2014. The gallery tour will be redeemable in January of 2015, and will include virtual gallery tour option as well. Please visit our websites for additional work samples and information! Hannah + Cambria. Our work will also be on display with the rest of the merchandise at our launch party on July 13th 7-10pm at the Kansas City Design Center, located at 1018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 64105.
In addition, all rewards $25 and up will receive a postcard made in collaboration with the Kansas City Design Center, a team of fourth and fifth year students from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. This team of Daniel Allen, Jacob Christilles, Brett Fast, Stephon Hardridge, Christina Henning and Mary Rogers has worked with 50/50 for the past six months on the design of our containers and it couldn't have happened without them! This postcard will be a template to make your own miniature 50/50 shipping container!
Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Julia Cole Interview:
La Esquina, 'The Stench of Rotting Flowers'
Background: Edie Fake, Gateway (for Dylan Williams)
Bill Haw Interview:
Haw Contemporary, 'Drawn Together'
Background: Anne Lindberg, Drawn Above, Drawn Below
Mark Redito 'Kokeshi Doll' from Desire
Brigade Visual Support
Kyle Pugh and Evan H. Senn
Thank you to our core supporters and advisory committee, including Bill Haw, Karin Jones, Sonja Garrett, Vladimir Krstic, Jim Woodfill, Jeff and Jamie Floyd, Malcolm Lodwick, Dan Reneau, Carter Floyd, Zac Mueller, Evan Senn and Kyle Pugh.
Risks and challenges
50/50 is entirely feasible upon securing all the funds necessary for the project. Business plans have been established for 50/50 to become a fixture for the Kansas City community and are directed towards accomplishing this ambitious and innovative task.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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