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I am looking to produce a collection of museum-grade framed pictures to become the sole photographer at Kansas City's Liberty Memorial. Read more

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I am looking to produce a collection of museum-grade framed pictures to become the sole photographer at Kansas City's Liberty Memorial.

About this project

My project is to turn the best 18 of my Liberty Memorial photos into museum-grade framed and unframed prints to be featured in the Liberty Memorial’s WWI Museum Shop by November, 2012. Based on recent conversations, I now have the rare opportunity to be the only photographer whose work is exhibited and offered at the museum.

The funding I am seeking here on Kickstarter will be spent on creating framed and unframed but matted, numbered and signed pictures, plus large-format prints and promotional banners, brochures and postcards in support of the ongoing museum shop 'show' and in order to assure the museum that I can fulfil my commitment to them and to supporting my artwork. My alternative plan, should this venue opportunity not work out, is to announce, co-produce, promote and co-host an art show at a gallery here in Kansas City before yearend.

The Kansas City Liberty Memorial is a stunning monument to those who served our country in World War I. I feel that the power and beauty of this classical Egyptian Revival-style monument to courage, freedom and liberty deserves to become better known and appreciated, which is why I am seeking your help.

On September 8th, I entered several of these "‘007 Lib. Mems." in the KC Chiefs Art Program contest, in which several local artists will have works celebrating local culture put on permanent display at Arrowhead Stadium. Just as my selection in the Chiefs competition would heighten my visibility at the museum, so too would your participation in helping sponsor this project be something I could pass on to the Chiefs contest’s jury as it begins to consider its artist selections.

I am offering 10 project-related rewards for my sponsors, including not only postcards, brochures, posters and a small number of very limited-edition photos, but also a photo-rich narrative about the project, to be released both as an e-book and bound in hardcover.

Backstory

In 2007, having moved back to KC from NYC, I began to race over to the monument when I felt the lighting was right so that I could create this Double Ought 7 portfolio. I was then able to frame several of them for a September, 2007 Kansas City Crossroads Art Show that was written up in the KC Star. This relationship makes it likely that my December art show will also be covered by the newspaper.

I have limited my ‘007 Lib. Meme. photos to 18 such prints each. Going forward, I will look to enter competitions with my Lib. Mem.s - which may eventually lead to them becoming more treasured. I thank Kickstarter for creating such an awesome outlet for artists, and you for your support - whether it comes as a sponsor or just someone who reads my Saturday Evening blog Posts and comes along for the ride as I execute this project.

Guardian Spirit
Guardian Spirit

Below are a few of the project’s photos also being offered as Rewards:

'007 Lib. Mem. "In Honor"
'007 Lib. Mem. "In Honor"
Saluting the Brave
Saluting the Brave
Etched in Blue
Etched in Blue
WTCsunset #4 - "Shades of Thomas Hart Benton". Called that because the clouds to the right of the towers is how he painted.
WTCsunset #4 - "Shades of Thomas Hart Benton". Called that because the clouds to the right of the towers is how he painted.

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    I'll send you my thanks along with an oversized (5.5 by 8.5 inch) postcard of the extraordinary (dare I say artistically so?) blue dawn's light photo you see at the top of this project.

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    Earn my thanks and receive an 11.25 by 15.3 inch poster of the "Saluting the Brave" photo. I'll check to see what standard frame sizes are offered at Target, etc., and print the image at 8 by 12 or larger, depending on what seems best. This will allow you to use it as a poster with a white border or trim the border, mount it on foam board, put it in a "T" frame - whatever.

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    Feeling especially patriotic? Check out "In Honor" at the bottom of this page and see whether you would like to have this photo as a 16 to 18 by 24 inch wide poster (no white border but it could still be mounted and/or framed).

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    Want something limited? This reward is a folded 17 by 11 "one sheet", the beautifully laid out 4 page 8.5 x 11 "007 Lib. Mem. portfolio mock-up brochure for the WWI Museum" that I sent in with my submission on 9/8 to the KC Chiefs Art Program contest. This is a limited edition of 120 signed and numbered prints, with a Red, White and Blue set of WTCs across the top and 'In Honor' comprising the lower half of the front page. Inside are 8 Lib Mem portrait-layout photos, each sky casting the limestone tower in a different light - from bone while to orange. The back page is also nice.

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    Receive a 16 to 18 by 24 inch poster of the "Shades of Thomas Hart Benton" WTCsunset photo shown here, printed without a white border. This was one of my 10 images submitted to the Chiefs, appropriate since Benton is well known as "Missouri's painter."

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    Want a combo, hold the fries? For this sponsor level, you get my possibly redundant thanks plus the $5 and $15 rewards and an unsigned, unnumbered four page brochure.

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    Gets you the $30 combo plus the $25 WTC poster. And my thanks and kudos. It's that simple. Mahalo.

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    0 backers Limited (50 left of 50)

    Receive one of the 100 limited edition signed, numbered and handsomely bound Double Ought 7 Lib. Mem. photo books I will self-publish. This will include at least 24 images printed one to a page (and suitable for cutting out and framing, if one must).

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    Pledge $275 or more

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    This is a very limited edition work. Receive print # 4, 5, 8 or 9 of 18, signed and numbered, of "Guardian Spirit. This will be have an 11 by 14 inch image size, in a white frame with a white border under non glare glass - an archival quality work.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Okay, now you're at a level where I don't know if you just like the "Saluting the Brave" photo shown here, or are poaching. Receive print # 4, 5, 8 or 9 of the edition of 18, signed and numbered, with an11 by 14 inch image size in a white bordered, framed (in white) archival print.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Ditto the production values and composition of this framed print, but for the photo "Etched in Blue." Receive print # 4, 5, 8 or 9, signed and numbered, with an 11 by 14 inch image size bordered by a white mat and with a white from. Also, my sincere thanks.

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