Railroad Patronage of American Artists


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Trails to Rails: John Mix Stanley and the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 1850s (3/10/14)

Who Was Sam Hyde Harris?; essay by Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick (1/15/08)

The Best of the King Collection (8/17/07)

Carlos Vierra, Sheldon Parsons and Warren Rollins Set the Stage for the Santa Fe Art Colony; article by Michael Ettema (7/20/07)

Timeless Excellence: Honoring Museum of Northern Arizona's Fine Arts Collection (6/30/06)

Western Women Artists: An Overview; text by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick (9/22/05)

Winold Reiss: Artist for the Great Northern (6/1/05)

The Morans: The Artistry of a 19th-century Family of Painter-Etchers (8/30/04)

Leonard Lopp: Glacier Park Artist (7/15/04)

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the Development of the Taos and Santa Fe Art Colonies (8/27/03)

Introduction from "Celebrating America: Masterworks from Texas Collections"; essay by Jane Myers and Barbara McCandless (11/29/02)

America's Wilderness in Art, monograph by Marlene R. Miller and Warren P. Miller (11/12/02)

The Artist and the American West: The Great Basin (11/4/02)

Dulah Marie Evans (Dulah Evans Krehbiel) 1875-1951: American Painter, Illustrator and Printmaker; essay by Jane Meyer (12/3/01)

John Fery, Artist of the Rockies; essay by Peter C. Merrill (11/13/01)

Forever West (5/29/01)

American Impressionism Goes West, essay by Charles C. Eldredge, PhD (8/17/01)

Thomas Moran and the Spirit of Place (3/27/01)

Wildling Museum Acquires Fery Painting (12/14/00)

Winold Reiss: Native American Portraits (7/18/00)

Taos Artists and Their Patrons: 1898 - 1950 (7/16/99)

Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950 (6/10/99)

Mountain Majesty: The Art of John Fery (12/17/98)


Other Resource Library articles and essays regarding railroad-related art:

Leroy Trobaugh: The Paintings of a Railroad Worker; text by Rachel Berenson Perry (6/19/08)

Thomas Hart Benton: Train Wrecks and Hillbilly Songs (8/20/07)

Arrested Motion: 1950s Railroad Photographs by O. Winston Link (7/21/04)

Mark Priest: Women and Men of the Railroad (2/28/01)


From other websites:

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Company Calendars from qstation.org. Accessed August, 2015

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and the Santa Fe Art Community from Santa Fe Scene.com. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Center for Railroad Photography & Art website. Accessed August, 2015

Promoting the West: Abby Williams Hill and the Railroads is a 2017 exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum which says: "From 1903 to 1906, Tacoma artist Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943) painted the Pacific Northwest landscape and Yellowstone National Park for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads. She was one of only a few women artists hired by these railroad companies. Her images were used for promotional campaigns encouraging railroad travel to the West for tourism or settlement." Accessed 8/17

Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, And Western Railways is a 2018 exhibit at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art which says: "This exhibition features paintings, studies, posters, and graphics that emerged from the parallel relationships between artists and commercial designers with Western rail companies between the late 1880s and early 1930s, which were key decades in passenger travel."  Accessed 11/18



The Art of Railroading, by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Publisher: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, 19 pages.

Travel by Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870-1950, by Michael E. Zega and John E. Gruber. Publisher: Indiana University Press (October 2002). From Libraey Journal: "...Five chronologically arranged chapters interweave information about the artists and how the characteristics of their commissioned designs serve the advertising purposes of the railroad lines they worked for. A large number of artists, both well known (N.C. Wyeth, John Held Jr.) and not so well known (Maurice Logan, Leslie Ragan), are included in the discussion, with reproductions of their designs." (right: front cover of Travel by Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870-1950, by Michael E. Zega and John E. Gruber)

Visions & Visionaries: The Art & Artists of the Santa Fe Railway, by Sandra D'Emilio and Suzan Campbell. Publisher: Peregrine Smith Books, (1991), 147 pages


Magazine articles:

"Santa Fe: The Chief Way," by Robert Strein, John Vaughan and C. Fenton Richards, Jr. New Mexico Magazine, 2001


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