Truman Heartland Community Foundation is proud to sponsor the first public art exhibit at Englewood Arts, featuring over 42 striking photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Dan White.

The exhibit showcases two very different decades of White's work, with the first consisting of color photographs taken in 1985 for a book project and the second featuring black and white portraits taken during December and January of this past winter.

Independence may seem like a sleepy town in the middle of the country, but it has a rich history as a frontier town and is bursting with interesting people and places; this community has so much to offer and is worth exploring. From its historic landmarks to its up-and-coming art culture, Independence is a hidden gem that deserves recognition. This upcoming show will elevate the entire community.

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Dana Mengel ©Dan White, 2022

White's photography has been featured in notable photography books like "America 24/7.” He has previously exhibited stunning portraits of Kansas City jazz musicians and presented an exhibit in his hometown of Flint, MI. In this exhibit, White has curated color photographs from 1985 and paired them with new black-and-white portraits of community members, creating an interesting combination of real places and everyday people. In recognition of his contributions, White was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in 2019.

Local writer Brent Schondelmeyer collaborated with White on both the 1985 project and the recent portraits. Together, their work offers a unique perspective on our community through the art of photography.

The exhibit's opening night is on Friday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Englewood Arts, located at 10901 E. Winner Road in Independence, and is completely free to attend. The exhibit catalog will also be available for purchase that same day. Truman Heartland Community Foundation invites all our friends to join in this momentous occasion and witness the beauty of art through the lens of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.

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