Richard Koenig

Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor of Art

Kalamazoo College



Biography and Career Summary


Born in 1960, Koenig received his BFA from Pratt Institute. After working in studios in New York for a decade he returned to school. In 1998 he received his MFA from Indiana University and began teaching at Kalamazoo College, Michigan. In 2013 he was appointed as the Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor in Art.


His earlier fine art work, Photographic Prevarications, was shown in six one-person exhibits in as many years (2007 to 2012). In the summer of 2010 he began working on a long-term documentary project Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad.


Four articles of this work, Contemporary Views, have been published—in the journals of the Union Pacific Historical Society (Spring 2014 and Winter 2019), the National Railway Historical Society (Fall 2016), as well as in Trains Magazine (April 2019). In addition, a memoir piece called "Growing up in a Railroad Vacuum—Trains, Photography, and Mentorship" was published in the journal Railroad Heritage (Fall 2017).




Kalamazoo College, Michigan, September 1998 to the present

Membership in the Society for Photographic Education from 1997 to the present

Membership in the Lexington Group in Transportation History 2016 to the present


Courses Taught


Digital Photography, Analog Photography, Intermediate and Advanced Photography, Alternative Photographic Processes, Framing Difference (Sophomore Seminar), Digital Passages (Senior Seminar), A History of Photography, Visual Fundamentals, Digital Art, and Advanced Studio (Senior Seminar in Art); Co-Taught a Senior Seminar, Exploring Stigma: Verbal and Visual Narratives




MFA Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 1998

BFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York 1985



Curriculum Vitae (Abridged)



Field Notes: In the Land of Enchantment


Railroad History, Fall-Winter 2019, Number 221

Twenty-page article plus cover—thirteen photographs


Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad


Two photographs published in Union Pacific Historical Society’s The Streamliner

Vol. 33 No. 3, Summer 2019


The Trackside Photographer, May 23rd 2019

Book Review—After Promontory: One Hundred Fifty Years of Transcontinental Railroading

Wrote a 3000 word review for this on-line site


Railroad History, Spring-Summer 2019 (Number 220)

Published by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

Five images published with the article “What the First Transcontinental Railroad Wrought”


California History (Volume 96, Number 2), published by the University of California

One image published with article “Railroads, Power, and Technological Stories in California”


Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2018 (Volume 39, Number 1)

Published by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

One page of text with map and two images across center spread (4 of 4)


Two photographs published in Railroad Heritage

Journal of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art

Issue 56: Spring 2019


Union Pacific Historical Society’s The Streamliner: “Line Relocation in Eastern Wyoming: A Photo Study of Union Pacific’s Abandoned Mainline Segments”

Vol. 33 No. 1, Winter 2019—an eight-page article plus back cover


Trains Magazine: “Transcon Perspectives”

April 2019—an eight-page article including text and nine images


Nine photographs chosen for the book, After Promontory

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art/Indiana University Press, March 1st 2019


There will be a traveling exhibit in conjunction with this book


Two photographs published in “Journey to Promontory”

A special issue of Trains Magazine for the sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike

February 22nd 2019


Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2018 (Volume 38, Number 4)

Published by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

One page of text with map and two images across center spread (3 of 4)


New Landscape Photography—an international art blog

Five images and partial artist statement published December 27th 2018


Contributed to the documentary film, Journey to Promontory

Directed by Richard Luckin, Produced by Kalmbach Media, November 2018

Provided on-camera commentary as well as still images from Contemporary Views


Quarterly Newsletter, Fall 2018 (Volume 38, Number 3)

Published by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

One page of text with map and two images across center spread (2 of 4)


Work was featured in an on-line article, Capturing the Transcontinental Landscape

Published by Trains Magazine, August 23rd 2018


Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2018 (Volume 38, Number 2)

Published by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

One page of text with map and two images across center spread (1 of 4)


Railroad Heritage, 2018: 2 (Volume 52)

One image to promote book and exhibit, After Promontory


Two photographs chosen to reside in the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project

An on-line digital archive housed at Stanford University, March 29th 2018


The Trackside Photographer

On-line article published January 26th 2017

Artist statement and sixteen images


National Railway Historical Society’s Bulletin

Vol. 79 No. 3, Fall 2016—thirty-five page article


Union Pacific Historical Society’s The Streamliner

Vol. 28 No. 2, Spring 2014—ten-page article


Growing up in a Railroad Vacuum—Photography, Trains, and Mentorship


Railroad Heritage, 2017:4 (Volume 50)

Sixteen-page article plus front and rear covers—nineteen images


Tracks Through Time: The Trains of 1970s Bloomington


Limestone Post

On-line article published April 30th 2017—artist statement and ten images


Various Photographs Published


Three photographs chosen for the book, Sense of Place

Published by Limestone Post, Bloomington, Indiana—June 2018


Illinois Central Gulf, Volume 1: Across the System

John P. Kohlberg, Morning Sun Books, July 2017—seven photographs


Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2017 (Volume 37, Number 1)

Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

One image of Ames Monument


The Indiana Rail Road Company, Revised and Expanded Edition

Christopher Rund, Indiana University Press, 2012

Five photographs in color section of book



One-Person Exhibitions


Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad


Riley Gallery

Notre Dame University, March 15th to April 15th 2018


Pictura Gallery

Bloomington, Indiana, November 6th to December 31st 2015


Laramie County Community College

Cheyenne, Wyoming, January/February 2015


Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas, August 26th to September 6th 2013


Uinta County Museum

Evanston, Wyoming, July/August 2012


Photographic Prevarications


Phillips Museum of Art

Franklin & Marshall College, March 20th to April 22nd 2012


Lansing Art Gallery

Lansing, MI, May 7th to June 25th 2010


Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN, January 18th to February 19th 2010


Richmond Center for Visual Arts

Western Michigan University, April 24th to August 1st 2008


South Bend Regional Museum of Art

March 15th to May 18th 2008


Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, Alma College

Alma Michigan, January 8th to February 8th 2007


Ambivalent Views


The Museum of Contemporary Photography

Columbia College Chicago, June 12th to July 17th 2003


Inserts and Suspended Images


Downstairs Gallery

UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, April 2002


L&B Viewing Room

Portland Oregon, January 2002



Visiting Artist Lectures


James Van Der Zee’s Harlem

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 22nd 2018


Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad


Lexington Group in Transportation History Annual Conference

Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 23rd through the 26th 2019


Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix, Michigan

August 27th 2019


Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society/Union Pacific Historical Society

Joint Conference for the Sesquicentennial of the First Transcontinental Railroad

Ogden, Utah, May 9th 2019


Center for Railroad Photography and Art, Conversations West

Sacramento, California, September 22nd 2018


Blackhawk Railway Historical Society

Lockport, Illinois, April 6th 2018


Laramie County Community College

Cheyenne, Wyoming, February 12th 2015


Placer County Museums—Auburn, California, November 8th 2014


Kansas State University—Manhattan, Kansas, November 7th 2013


Truckee Donner Railroad Society—Truckee, California, May 18th 2013


The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Imagemaker Presentation, October 12th 2012

Midwest Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference


Uinta County Museum—Evanston, Wyoming, July 5th 2012


GooglEarthDay 2011—University of Michigan, April 22nd 2011


Documentary Photography and Printed Matter

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, November 11th 2010



Exhibitions—Invitational (I), Juried, and Regional—and other Uses of Photographs




Three images chosen for possible inclusion with the traveling exhibit After Promontory

This is in conjunction with a book of the same name (Indiana Press 2019)


One image, The Rim of the Great Basin, will be in these exhibits…


Š               Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah—Central Regional Iteration

March 29 through October 5


Š               The Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraska—Full Exhibit

March 30 through July 28


Š               Cheyenne Depot Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming—Abbreviated Central Iteration

April 5th onward


Š               San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City, California—Central Regional Iteration

May 10, 2019 through May 1, 2021


Š               Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado—Central/Southwest Regional Iteration

May 1 through August 31


Š               Carnegie Arts Center, Alliance, NebraskaNorthern Regional

September 4, 2019 through January 4, 2020


Š               The Hastings Museum, Hastings, NebraskaFull Exhibition

September 19, 2019 to March 15, 2020


Š               Architectural Heritage Center, Portland, OregonNorthern Regional

Dates TBD


LENS/CRATCH—Your Favorite Photograph in 2018 Exhibition

Image chosen for on-line post of January 1st 2019




Midwest Photographers Project

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago

Sixteen images, Contemporary Views, will be available for study for a period of three years


Ten images will be exhibited in Sense of Place at the I Fell Building in Bloomington, Indiana

This June exhibit is in conjunction with the release of the Limestone Post print edition, Sense of Place




Photograph of Tunnel Six, Donner Summit, used in a presentation by Henry Pierre-Yves

WTC 2017—World Tunnel Conference in Bergen, Norway




The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental (Invitational, four images)

Will be on display at Stanford University in June, and travel to Guangxi Normal University in China


Revising the Stories We Tell Ourselves: Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial Exhibit

East Asian Studies Library at Stanford University, April 17th to August 15th (Three images in exhibit)




Lens 2014—Perspective Gallery, Evanston, Illinois, February 27th to March 30th


Imagined Realities—Jurors: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, February 5th to March 14th




Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad

Kalamazoo College, Light Fine Arts Gallery, January 27th to February 9th




Works from the Collection—Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana, August 3rd to September 1st




Associations (I), Urban Institute for Contemporary Art

Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 15th to May 15th


Coming and Going: a Transient Collection of Bloomington Art

The Lodge, Bloomington, Indiana, March 5th


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