Exhibitions: Art into Action
In May 2002, the Kansas City Design Center - an urban design research and education center affiliated with the University of Kansas and Kansas State University - awarded its first resident design fellowship to MacLean. Over a period of six months and nearly 100 hours of flight, MacLean created more than 3,000 photographs of the Kansas City region. The first public exhibit of these images, titled Toward the Horizon, was presented by the Kansas City Design Center from September 2003 through January 2004, with financial support from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee.
Since 2004, the Mid-America Regional Council has displayed images from the Toward the Horizon exhibit in its meeting rooms. When the MARC remodeled its office space in 2007, adding a new conference center, the William T. Kemper Foundation granted funding for a permanent exhibit of MacLean's work.
Throughout the conference center, MacLean's images are displayed with the goal of using art to inform action. These photographs represent more than an illustration of the region - they provide a tangible connection to MARC's mission to help the region make the best choices for its future. They demonstrate the relationship of policy decisions to the natural and built environment, offering a compelling perspective on the relationship of the landscape to the quality and character of community life.
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