Mission: Kiosk is an artist-run exhibition space. Our mission is to provide a platform for emerging artists to share their work, and create space for the formation of community. Since our launch in 2012, we’ve put on over 60 shows, including over 250 artists.
Although it resembles a traditional commercial gallery, Kiosk retains a below-market commission from works sold, and puts all funds back into the operation of the space. The gallery is supported by these sales, as well as individual donations, grants, and any studio-related income from founding artists. Keeping the doors open for nearly a decade would not have been possible without the financial support of family and friends, and we are incredibly grateful for this privilege.
Listen, Learn, Amplify, Act: The community has been asking for transparency on what actions art organizations will take to combat systemic racism in our city and our own organization. We at Kiosk truly appreciate the work our community has done to hold us accountable, along with the art world at large – tough questions and action are both needed. We believe Black Lives Matter. We are educating ourselves on anti-racism and the damage done by the criminal justice system, and we’ve made donations to groups that work hard for justice & community healing. We hope our upcoming series of paid guest-curator presentations will provide a platform for more BIPOC creators and people who are under-represented in the art world (see the full open call here).
It has always been our goal to provide a place for artists to say what they want to say, and to help them share what they care about. Beginning in 2021, Kiosk will donate 10% of the price of each work of art sold to the cause of the artist’s choice, or to one of the causes we support.
These are the first steps on our path, and trust our next steps will become clear upon reflection.
Collaborate: If you are interested in showing your work at Kiosk, please email us with a quick description of your work, a bit about yourself, and up to 6 jpegs (or a link to your portfolio). Send to [director at kioskgallerykc dot com]. We’re always looking at new work, however our current plans are focused on the open call, and this is a great way to get involved now.