For the past few months, we've enjoyed partnering with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art as the presenting sponsor of the exhibition The Map as Art. After drawing roughly 45,000 visitors, the exhibition is ready to wrap up its successful run. From art afficianados to countless school tours, the free exhibition has surprised and delighted everyone who has come through the door. Illustrating how impactful the art has been, many of the same visitors have returned time and again to explore new aspects of the artwork inspired by mapping and navigation. The Museum has also had kids explore mapping through works of art and interactive programming such as Scavenger Saturdays, in which we were able to introduce kids to OpenCaching.com and the high-tech treasure hunt known as geocaching. In addition, several of the exhibition's artists - and one of our design engineers - spoke at the Museum and taped podcasts that are now online.And even with The Map As Art winding down, explorers will still enjoy stopping by the Kemper Museum. The next exhibition - Laura McPhee: River of No Return (May 17–Sept. 22) - features 6 by 8 feet photographs of Idaho's Sawtooth Valley, a remote area where visitors would likely need their Garmin handheld!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and a huge thank you to the Kemper Museum for making this amazing art free to the public and being such a great partner in supporting creativity in our community!