Thanks for helping distribute the survey go to several of our friends and members, and especially to Peter Mosse, David Plowden, Jim Porterfield and the American Society of Railway Artists. Their assistance in this effort has been a great value, and we thank them. If you are an artist who approaches railroad subjects in mediums other than photography and have not yet filled out our survey, please do so by the end of the month.
Matt Kierstead, Nevins Yard, Framingham, Massachussetts. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, 1985.
We are working on a special issue of our journal, Railroad Heritage, dedicated to non-photographic artwork. We want to explore what types of railroad-related artwork are presently being made, and share some of that with our members. To help us do this we’ve created a survey. Artists who respond to it may have an opportunity to have their artwork featured in this special issue.
If you yourself are an artist working in a medium other than photography, please fill out our survey. If you are not yourself an artist, but you know of artists who depict, even rarely, railways in their work, please feel free to pass them on to the survey link.
If you choose to participate, thank you very much!
Alexander B. Craghead, “The Excursion.” Watercolor on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2000. (Collection of the artist).
The “Kog,” as his friends called him, was known for his love of photography, which extended from planes to trains, lakeboats, lighthouses and grist mills. He spent many an hour along the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers photographing the lake freighters. Jim also pursued railroad photography extensively, with a special love for steam and particularly the former Rio Grande narrow gauge lines in Colorado, which he visited more than 25 times.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Sher; sister, Susan (Grady) Whatley; niece, Susan (John) Mayer; and grandnephew, Josh. Visitation and services will be held at the William R. Hamilton Funeral Home, Mount Clemens on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 2-8 p.m., with services the following day, Thursday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m.
The exhibit showcases the lives and stories of railroad workers, and it includes a preview of the Center’s “Faces of Chicago’s Railroad Community: Photographs by Jack Delano” exhibition. That project is also sponsored by NARF and opens at the Chicago History Museum on April 4, 2014.
The Center congratulates the BLET on 150 years and thanks the NARF for its ongoing support of the Center’s exhibitions, publications, and programs. See more photographs from the anniversary meeting on the Center’s Flickr site.