Pattern Languages, curated by Kate Hackman

The Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University will kick off its 2017-18 calendar with a diverse exhibition of artworks by Charlotte Street Foundation awards fellows on Friday, Sept. 8. The show will open with remarks by the curator and artists at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenlease Gallery, and a reception to follow from 7-9 p.m.

Titled “Pattern Languages,” the exhibition is part of “Every Street is Charlotte Street,” the 20th anniversary celebration of the Charlotte Street Foundation. Works selected by guest curator Kate Hackman, former artistic director for the foundation, include drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, writing, installations and video art by artists Shawn Bitters, Marcus Cain, David Ford, Madeline Gallucci, Archie Scott Gobber, Jane Gotch with Elizabeth Stehling, Anne Lindberg, Adolfo Martinez, Marcie Miller Gross, Garry Noland, Glenn North, Sonie Joi Ruffin and James Woodfill. The unifying theme among the works is the use of pattern as a strategy for communicating ideas and making meanings: pattern as content. In some works, the artists employ patterns to convey personal narratives, cultural histories, and/or social or political concerns. Others generate their own patterns through the recurrent use of specific materials, gestures, forms or formats, emphasizing similarities or variations amid repetition and across time.

“Pattern Languages” will be on display in the Greenlease Gallery through Oct. 21. The gallery is open for public viewing from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, contact gallery director Anne Pearce at or 816-501-4407.

About Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem. Charlotte Street cultivates the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City art community. Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $1.1 million in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit