Exhibit 'The Railroad in American Life' on display May 31 at HUB

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The HUB-Robeson Galleries will display an exciting new collection of railroad art assembled from all over the United States in the HUB Gallery, at the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus, from May 31 through July 29. The exhibit will feature 30 American railroad artists from all parts of the country. They include J. Craig Thorpe from Washington state, who does work for Amtrak, as well as GE’s locomotive division and the Union Tank Car Company, Angela Trotta Thomas of New Jersey, who is known to many for her Lionel catalog covers, and Frank Crowe in Georgia, whose works hang in the state capitol. An artist's reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 8.

Special attention has been paid to Pennsylvania artists, which include Peter Lerro, Chris Nelson, and Doris Jean Silva, and to Pennsylvania subjects, such as the evocative Erie-Lackawanna dining car shown here sitting in Scranton, plus Pete Lerro’s fleet of Amtrak locomotives idling “Under the Wires” at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, and Jim Jordan’s “Old Rivets in Philly,” capturing the only iconic Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 streamlined locomotive to have a riveted body frame.

The works offer a variety of mediums, from West Virginia wood burning artist Paul Ends, to a massive wood carving by Virginia artist David Cunningham, and the drilled wood paintings of Doris Jean Silva. Other portrayals are executed in oils, watercolors and line art. Individually, the works depict all manner or railroading settings and activity. Collectively, they present the viewer with an overview of the many ways railroads have influence our history, setting and culture.

The exhibit is being organized by James D. Porterfield, recently named Director for the newly created Center for Railway Tourism at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. Jim is an author whose six books include Dining by Rail: The History and the Recipes from America's Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine, and a columnist, feature writer and Contributing Editor for Railfan & Railroad magazine. He has, for the past five years, compiled an annual feature for Railfan & Railroad showcasing railroad art and artists. He has also served as an instructor at Penn State in the Marketing and Agricultural Business Management departments for 23 years.

For more information about this and other exhibits, visit the HUB-Robeson Galleries website at studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/artgalleries. For questions, contact Jennifer Kunkel-Gill at 814-865-0775 or jmk441@psu.edu.

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Last Updated May 22, 2012