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Exhibition: Michael Crouser Mountain Ranch - Traditional Images of Traditional Lives


  • Fine Arts Programming at CSB/SJU 37 South College Avenue St. Joseph, MN 56374 (map)
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Michael Crouser’s Mountain Ranch is a ten-year exploration of the disappearing world of cattle ranching in the mountains of Colorado. In this work, Michael Crouser has concentrated on the traditional elements of these traditional lives, focusing on how ranching has stayed the same, rather than on how it has changed. Ranchers refer to themselves as an “endangered species” and Crouser’s pictures include the vital elements of their life and work, which will disappear as traditional ranching itself goes away.

You can view this prolific body of at Alice R. Rogers Gallery & Target Gallery at Saint John’s University from June 17th, 2019 until October 20th, 2019 during regular gallery hours. There will be an artist reception on September 19th, 2019 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM followed by a talk from Michael Crouser directly after.

Read our interview with the artist by clicking Here!

About Michael Crouser:
Michael Crouser was born in 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN) in 1985.  He began making photographs in earnest at the age of fourteen, when he set up a darkroom in his parents’ basement. After college he worked for several years in various Minneapolis commercial photography studios as an assistant, before setting out on his own. While working in the commercial world, Crouser began work on a personal project that would ultimately take fifteen years to complete and which would eventually become his first monograph, Los Toros (Twin Palms Publishers 2007).

At the 2008 International Photography Awards Los Toros, an exploration of the bullfighting around the world, was awarded first prize in the category of Fine Art Book. Crouser’s second book, Dog Run (Viking Studio 2008), a series on the intense play of dogs in urban dog parks, was equally well-received, and was listed as a top ten photography book of the year by the International Photography Awards, PhotoDistrict News and Communication Arts.  He has exhibited his photographs nationally and internationally, and in January of 2012 Leica Gallery of New York exhibited “Michael Crouser: A Mid-Career Retrospective” which featured four distinct series from twenty-five years of his photography. In 2014 Michael was awarded the George Eastman/Power of the Image Award in Beijing, China, along with several other photographers. The award event also featured a large public space exhibition by the group at the famous Temple of Heaven.

Crouser’s third monograph, Mountain Ranch (University of Texas Press), was published in the summer of 2017, featuring 165 toned black and white images from the disappearing world of cattle ranching in the mountains of Colorado.