Curated by Timothy A. Schuler and Derek Hamm
May 4 – May 25, 2019
Public Works-2 (detail) Derek Hamm
Opening Reception | May 4
Panel | 4 pm
Since before European settlement, the distinct landscape of the Flint Hills has both subtly and dramatically determined the shape and character of the built environment. Through an examination of the region’s architecture — the hidden, the everyday, and the aspirational — this exhibition will investigate the complex relationships between buildings, landscape, and culture.
Timothy Schuler and and Derek Hamm grew up together on the edge of the Flint Hills in Marion County. They have remained close over the years despite living long distances apart, and their work has slowly merged over the years — Timothy is a journalist who has come to write primarily about design and landscape architecture, and Derek is a designer whose personal work is focused on land and community in rural places.
Timothy pitched an essay on architecture in the Flint Hills to Places Journal, and he and Derek applied for funding from Humanities Kansas to produce a public exhibition based on the piece. They have been working with local architects, ranchers, historians, photographers and others for the past few months to put together the exhibition.
TIMOTHY SCHULER is an award-winning journalist whose writing focuses on the built and natural environments. He is a contributing editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in Monocle, Metropolis, Curbed, CityLab, Next City, and FLUX Hawaii, among others. Based in Honolulu, he is a native Kansan.
DEREK HAMM is a designer and educator living in central Kansas. He teaches graphic design at Tabor College in his hometown of Hillsboro, produces socially-engaged projects with local communities, runs the design studio Prairie People with his wife, Katherine, co-manages The Bank Art Space in Matfield Green, and helps coordinate the Tallgrass Artist Residency based around the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
We are grateful to Places Journal and Humanities Kansas for providing funding for the writing and exhibition and to The Volland Store for hosting.
The exhibition is a project of the Center for Living Education which is the nonprofit that facilitates The Bank Art Space, sponsors Emma Chase Friday Night Music in Cottonwood Falls, and helped found the inaugural Tallgrass Artist Residency.
– Timothy Schuler and Derek Hamm
The exhibit and accompanying programs are made possible with the support of