The UMKC Gallery of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute present TypeHike, a collaborative, non-profit, design project that supports America’s National Park system, through the use of expressive typography and graphic design. The exhibition runs Nov. 1-17.
Using the traditional format and bold imagery of poster design, TypeHike was born from the belief that designers are obligated to use their talent and ability to make the world a more beautiful place. Creators David Rygiol and James Walker expanded upon this belief to include, and thereby support, natural beauty, when they began their project in August 2016 in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.
Currently, many naturally occurring national monuments and designated reserves are under scrutiny with the possibility of having their protections removed. TypeHike serves to remind us to get outside, explore and appreciate the sublime beauty of our home planet. To support the threatened park system, Rygiol and Walker created four unique series of prints focusing on shorelines, recreation, endangered animals and Mars. All profits are donated to protect and preserve wildlife environments and its inhabitants, and support scholarships for environmental research.
An artist lecture with James Walker is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 1 in Room 325, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St. An opening reception will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St. Free parking is available in the Cherry Street Parking Garage, levels five and six.