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Event date: 11/1/2019 8:00 AM Export event

Artist Exhibit: Freedom Endeavor

Every Veteran has a different story. Every Veteran has a different face.

Artist Exhibit: Freedom Endeavor

The Freedom Endeavor

On exhibition at Lee's Summit City Hall (first and second floors) through November 22. Exhibit open during normal business hours.


The Freedom Endeavor honors Missouri Veterans through the use of dramatic artistic photography and text media. Each Veteran is photographed as we would see them currently, in everyday civilian life. They are photographed holding a picture of themselves from their time in the service. The contrast between their current appearance and their service time can be vastly different. Each Veteran portrait is accompanied by their story on how their service time affected their lives and why they took the oath.

Several years ago, photographer Snyder had an idea for a project to increase awareness of US Military Veterans. He began experimenting with settings and lighting, using his father – his inspiration - as a model. After 4 years of working on it in his spare time, The Freedom Endeavor was created. The project finally launched in November, 2016 and continues to gain momentum and support from around the region. 


Steve Snyder, Photographer

Pursuing art since an early age, Steve Snyder has constantly tried to capture the beauty he sees all around him in everyday life. Snyder grew up on a farm outside of Mount Vernon, MO. After attending Drury University, his career included working for newspapers, printing companies, and corporate marketing departments – winning 10 addy awards for ad campaigns. While working as a graphic designer for a Fortune 500 company, he rediscovered is love for photography and was able to grow artistically during this time. He eventually transitioned his career to a commercial, people and art photographer, creating his business Images of the Ozarks, Photography by Steve Snyder in 2006. He is an award-winning photographer and has pieces residing in collections around the US and Europe. Snyder is a founding board member of the Mount Vernon Regional Arts Council. He also serves on the Veterans Way committee (Mount Vernon) in which accomplishments include the creative oversight of a 125’ patriotic mural highlighting local Veterans from the Civil War through current conflicts.

Presented by Lee's Summit Cultural Arts Division. Questions? Contact