Hite Art Institute presents ‘Type Hike’ a design project supporting nature

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hite Art Institute will bring “Type Hike,” a collection of artistic posters that celebrate the National Park Service to Schneider Hall Galleries Aug. 18-Sept. 22.

    Designers David Rygiol and James Louis Walker created the project last year to promote and raise money for national parks during its centennial celebration. They invited graphic artists from across the country to submit a poster for each national park. The resulting 60 posters reflected each park’s unique landscape through highly stylized typography.

    Meena Khalili, assistant professor at Hite Art Institute, created the poster for Lassen Volcanic National Park.

    “I was honored to be included among so many well-known, nationally recognized designers,” Khalili said. “This project also allowed me to see my work do some good and that’s very gratifying.”

    Proceeds from print sales have raised thousands of dollars for the National Park Service at a time when federal funding has been cut.

    “Type Hike” has been exhibited in galleries across the country, added to the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and received considerable national media attention.

    The project recently expanded to include the National Park Services’ protected sea and lakeshores and endangered species.

    Schneider Hall Galleries, 2300 S. First Street Walk on UofL’s Belknap Campus, is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Reitz at chris.reitz@louisville.edu.        

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    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.