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Official White House Photographer Pete Souza has captured iconic moments from two U.S. Presidents
St. Joseph, Michigan, May 10, 2019

The Krasl Art Center (KAC) is thrilled to host Pete Souza, Two Presidents, One Photographer from May 31 - July 28. The iconic photographs of Pete Souza are well known from his tenure as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama . What most people don’t remember is that Souza, who was trained as a photojournalist, was also an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. Souza was in his late 20’s, at the beginning of his career, when he joined the Reagan White House in 1983. More than 30 years later, Souza returned to the White House to join the Obama administration.

“Both of these Presidents were decent human beings. Take it from someone who spent thousands of hours observing them in public and private.”
- Pete Souza

Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases 56 of Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in these photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.

“What makes Pete such an extraordinary photographer, I think, is something more than his ability to frame an interesting moment. It’s his capacity to capture the mood, the atmosphere and the meaning of that moment.”
-Former President Barack Obama from his foreword to Obama: An Intimate Portrait

“Pete Souza made the most of his special vantage point, recording some of the most intimate, honest and humanizing scenes of the presidency I’ve ever seen.
- Former Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. from his foreword to Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Ronald Reagan.

Krasl Art Center invites the community to welcome this iconic show on Friday, May 31, from 6 - 8 PM with a cash bar, live brass ensemble and artmaking inspired by the exhibit, and small bites provided by Bistro on the Boulevard.

Pete Souza is a freelance photographer in the Washington, D.C., area and Professor Emeritus of Visual Communication at Ohio University. Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House photo office. His new book, " Obama: An Intimate Portrait, " was published by Little, Brown & Company on November 7, 2017, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

In the art lab: Manufacturing Cities
MAY 31 - JULY 28

Norwood Viviano’s work is about change. Utilizing digital 3D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with glass blowing and casting processes, Viviano creates work depicting population shifts tied to the dynamic between industry and community. Manufacturing Cities visually models how populations move and are modified as a result of industry, creating a 3D lens to view that which is invisible or forgotten. Viviano’s use of blown glass forms and vinyl cut drawings are micro-models of macro changes at the regional, national, and international level.
All events are FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Opening Party - Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer
& Manufacturing Cities
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 6 - 8 PM
Join us as we welcome this exhibition to Krasl Art Center! Have your photo taken by presidential “paparazzi,” enjoy a brass quartet on the new grounds, or create your own art piece inspired by the exhibit. Cash Bar. Light bites provided by Bistro on the Boulevard.

art lab Artist Talk with Norwood Viviano
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 5:30 - 6 PM
Get an inside look at the how and why of Viviano's art lab exhibition.

Coffee with the Curator
Learn more about Pete Souza’s work with Deputy Director and Curator Tami Miller.

Docent-led Thoughtful Thursday
Join us in the gallery as a trained docent leads a thought-provoking conversation about the artwork on display.

Fireside Chat with the AFrican AMErican History & Literature Gallery
725 Broadway, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Join founders Emanuel and Sharon Brown at the AFrican AMErican History and Literature Gallery to discover and learn from their rich archive of President Obama artifacts.
White House Photographs by Pete Souza. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
This exhibit includes 56 of Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity.
art lab Artist Norwood Viviano
Norwood Viviano’s work utilizes digital 3D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with traditional glass blowing and casting processes to depict how populations move and shift as a result of industry.
About the Krasl Art Center:
Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events and high quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit
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