Usdan Gallery, April 5-April 29th 2011
March 1st 2011 – March 25th 2011
Michael Krueger is a father, an artist and a teacher. He was born on January 5, 1967 in Kenosha Wisconsin.His family moved to South Dakota in 1970 and he spent his childhood years in Sioux Falls. These formative years in the West cultivated a fondness and curiosity for the history of Westward Expansion and the epic struggles that were cast on the Great Plains. In 1985 Michael attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. The strangeness of Vermillion, a town of 2000 people, a cultural freckle on the state of South Dakota also fostered other unique experiences. While working for the University of South Dakota Museums, Michael was charged with retrieving Chief Red Cloud’s feathered beaver hide top hat along with several other Sioux Indian artifacts from a Monastery on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The shear presence of this simple elegant object had a powerful impact in shaping Michael’s perception of history and ultimately his social and political view of the world.
In 1990 Michael earned a BFA from the University of South Dakota and in 1993 he graduated with an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. In 1995, Michael moved to Lawrence for a teaching post at the University of Kansas.
Michael’s creative research has taken him all over the globe from Asuncion, Paraguay to the United Arab Emeritus, to Scotland, England, Belgium, France and Italy. He has given lectures and workshops at over 80 venues including, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, City College of New York, New York City, NY, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, Instituto Superior de Arte, Asunción, Paraguay, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA and the University of Texas, Austin, TX. He has recently had solo shows at the OSP Gallery, Boston, MA, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, University of Texas @ Arlington, TX, Casa Mayor Galleria, Asunción, Paraguay & Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Adam Baumgold, New York, NY, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA and the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Krueger’s work is included in over 50 public collections including; the New York Public Library, the Museo Del Barro, Asunción, Paraguay, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, City of Seattle, WA, Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Estate in Charlottesville, VA.