The Center for Railroad Photography & Art creates partnerships with photographers and museums to bring multiple forms of beautiful and significant railroad art to venues across the country. Stemming from a core focus to preserve and present significant images in railroading, our traveling exhibitions include both solo and group shows that span the history of railroading in the United States and beyond.
Since the first United States railroad thundered into action in 1829, American industry spread across the continent as tracks were driven down from coast to coast. The birth of railroads helped catapult the United States – and the world – into a new industrial age that defined modern society, as we know it. Following quick on its heels, the art of photography flourished in the late nineteenth century to capture not only memories but the beautiful forms of everyday life as well. Over the past century artists have aspired to document the enormous impact railroads have played in American history, society, and culture. Through appealing topics that encompass the almost 200-year-old history, the Center’s array of traveling exhibitions taps into not only significant educational themes profitable to all ages, but also introduces visitors to the stunning and evocative world of railroad photography.
If you would like to find out more about bringing one of our shows to your venue, please contact the Center at 608-251-5785 or send an email to info [at] railphoto-art [dot] org.
Exhibitions Currently on Display
- Milwaukee’s Beer Line, currently on display at the ABA National Brewery Museum, Potosi Brewery, in Potosi, Wisconsin, from April 23 to September 30, 2019
- Trains Around the World: Railroad Photographs by Fred M. Springer, currently on display at the Naples Depot Museum, in Naples, Florida, from May 1 to July 31, 2019
- Beebe & Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy, currently on display at the Oliver Jensen Gallery, Valley Railroad Company, in Essex, Connecticut, from May 10 to October 20, 2019
- Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography, currently on display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, in Duluth, Minnesota, from June 24 to September 20, 2019
- After Promontory: 150 Years of Transcontinental Railroading, currently on display at the following locations:
- Brigham Young University Museum of Art, in Provo, Utah, from March 29 to October 5, 2019
- Durham Museum, in Omaha, Nebraska, from March 30 to July 28, 2019
- Cheyenne Depot Museum, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, from April to December, 2019
- Denver Public Library, in Denver, Colorado, from May 1 to August 31, 2019
- San Mateo County History Museum, in Redwood City, California, from May 10, 2019 to May 1, 2021
- Faces of Railroading: The Making of Madison and Dane County, coming to the Dane County Regional Airport, in Madison, Wisconsin, from early August 2019 to January 2020
- After Promontory: 150 Years of Transcontinental Railroading, coming to the following locations:
- “Journey to Promontory: How a Railroad United the Nation in 1869,” PBS program presented by producer Rich Luckin, at Denver Public Library, on Tuesday, July 9, from 5:30-7:00pm (MST). Program in partnership with the DPL’s staging of After Promontory.
- After Promontory exhibition reception and lectures, featuring Alexander Benjamin Craghead and Barre Fong, at the San Mateo County History Museum, in Redwood City, California, on Wednesday, July 17, from 4:30-7:00 PM (PST)
- Conversations 2019, at Lake Forest College, in Lake Forest, Illinois, from September 13 to 15
About Our Exhibitions
Click on the links below to learn more about our current and past exhibitions