WASHINGTON/ January 2009 President George W. Bush hosts President-elect Barack Obama, and former presidents, from left, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office of the White House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The American President - An Exhibit of Presidential Photos

BUFFALO, NY ― Canisius College will host “The American President,” an exhibit of presidential photos taken by Associated Press (AP) photographers over the last 150 years, from Tuesday, November 13 – Friday, November 30 on the first floor of the Andrew L. Bowhuis Library. The exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and The Journalism Program at Canisius.

“The American President” includes iconic and unforgettable photographs that document the U.S. presidency, from George Washington to the 2012 campaign frenzy. Sixteen large panels highlight significant presidential topics, which include campaigns and elections, crisis and scandal, international relations and assassinations and attempts.

On Thursday, November 15 at 11:30 a.m., Kathy Gaye Shiroki, curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and a lecturer in the Art Education Department at Buffalo State College, will give a lecture entitled “Frozen Moments.” Shiroki will lead a discussion that explores the mysteries at the intersection of detail and perception, observation and assumption, fact and essence.

At 1 p.m., the Canisius College Journalism Program presents “Journalism on Journalism.” Students in the Canisius College Journalism Program will display and read aloud stories they have written about the photos in the exhibit. Rob Kaiser, director of the college’s Journalism Program, will talk about the changing face of journalism and how the events captured in the photos might be portrayed today.

“The American President” exhibit will be on display during regular library hours. For library hours, visit or call (716) 888-2900.

For more information about “The American President,” contact Barb Irwin, PhD, chair and professor of communication studies at (716) 888-2108.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.