From Big Boy to Boxcars: The Good and Bad of Railroad Graffiti

The Big Boy to Boxcars: The Good and Bad of Railroad Graffiti at the National Railroad Museum, which opened February 1, 2014, is designed to stimulate discussion on and challenge conceptions about graffiti. The National Railroad Museum is in no way endorsing this act; however, the museum is embracing this art form for what it is, a part of social history.

Artist Biography: Andrea Fuhrman

With a MFA from Washington University (St. Louis) and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Andrea Fuhrman has a distinguished career with pieces exhibited in New York City, St. Louis, California, Kansas and Oregon.

As a child, Andrea Fuhrman remembers the impressions left by peering through her father’s microscope. Fuhrman’s art also pulls the viewer inward as she tightly focuses on the color, texture and detail allowing one to see the richness and depth of otherwise common and overlooked subjects. Using long telephoto lenses and macro-photography, she is able to create visually stunning images pulled from the graffiti found on railcars.

Artist Biography: Tim Noll

A Wisconsin native, with a strong love for line and composition, Tim Noll’s photography primarily falls in the black and white realm, with an emphasis on the use of traditional film photography techniques. His color photography documents unique subjects where line and composition cannot reveal depth alone.

Noll’s mixed media pieces have been exhibited at the Neville Public Museum. Like his photography, he focuses on line, spaces and shapes, while also concentrating on an experimental use of color and layering to achieve highly detailed and emotive art.

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