SHERMAN, TEXAS—The Austin College Department of Art and Art History presents the photography of Kent Bowser in the exhibit “Ghost Ranch in Black and White” September 2 through November 8 in Ida Green Gallery of Ida Green Communication Center (1201 East Brockett Street). The exhibit, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bowser has taught landscape photography throughout the year at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico since 1991. “The Southwest desert has deeply attracted me and has been a primary subject since 1977,” Bowser said. His courses include composition along with camera and darkroom skills.
Several Austin College students travel to Ghost Ranch every January Term to participate in a variety of courses offered there. In 2014, Bowser’s course is “Photography in the Desert — Going Retro: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams (Literally).*
Ghost Ranch was the location of a series of 1937 Ansel Adams photographs, as well as the former home of painter Georgia O’Keeffe.
Bowser’s passion for photography began after earning a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from The Ohio State University in 1971. He returned to the university a few years later, earning another bachelor’s degree and a master’s degrees in photography, completing a thesis on 19th century American post-modern photography. He served as a graduate teaching associate, teaching several courses in photography during that time. He spent five years as a lecturer in photography at Denison University in Ohio and has worked as a freelance photographer since 1989, continuing to teach a number of photography courses, including several at the University of Mexico. He also has directed many photography workshops.
Bowser’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S., and his prints have been included in several art publications and calendars. In addition, he has presented many solo exhibitions and received several awards for his work. Also, the Bieneke Library at Yale University acquired 50 prints of the Bisti Badlands in 2009 for its research collection.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.