Chasing Time: Montana’s One-Room Schools

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There are fewer than 200 one-room schools in all of the United States.  Montana is home to approximately 60 of them.  Neil Chaput and Keith Graham have traveled to over 20 of these schools to document the teachers, students, and places.  Their photo essay depicts the story of the one-room school in rural America.  Though the collection of photographs depicts various schools in different towns across Montana, they share similarities and begin to tell a singular narrative.

This exhibition of 29 photographs, curated from more than 150 images, focuses on the daily activities of class work and the intimate bond between these dedicated teachers and their pupils.  Also included are images of the school houses which puts into perspective the geographic isolation and uniquely Montanan landscape.

Neil Chaput founded Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife Jeanne in Missoula in 1989.  He has been teaching photography for over 40 years.

Keith Graham is Associate Professor of photojournalism at The University of Montana’s School of Journalism.


February 15 – March 15, 2017:  Northcutt Steele Gallery, MSU, Billings

April 15 – June 1, 2017:  Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls

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