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Artrain, America's Museum in Motion

1100 N Maion Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Phone: 313-747-8300 --  1-800-ART-1971

Statement of Purpose:

The nation's only traveling museum on a train. Founded in 1971 to bring museum quality art to the people.
Our mission is to enrich lives and build communities through the arts by
bringing visual art exhibitions and programs directly to communities that
have limited access to museums or collections.

Artrain USA is the nation's only traveling art museum on a train, with five rail cars housing a fine arts exhibition, interactive area, artist studio, gift shop and staff administrative space. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, Artrain USA brings exceptional opportunities for learning and community activities across the country via the nation's railroads. Since 1971, Artrain USA has been a leader and pioneer in taking art and cultural programming to communities throughout the United States. In fact, since its inception, more than 2.6 million people in 600 communities across 44 states, and the District of Columbia, have visited Artrain USA...

Artrain USA Launches Artistry of Space

An Exhibition from the NASA Art Collection

Premieres July 20 marking the 30th Anniversary of the First Walk on the Moon

WASHINGTON, DC. - Artrain USA, the nation's only traveling art museum on a train, launches Artistry of Space, an exhibition of artworks from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Air and Space Museum art collections. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the first walk on the Moon, Artistry of Space premieres July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Union Station with its special guest gala reception. Public viewing is Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Track 10. Artrain USA's Artistry of Space national tour is sponsored by DaimlerChrysler and will tour through 2002.

This engaging exhibition from the NASA Art Collection reflects the energy and excitement of space exploration. Artistry of Space is a collection of 78 paintings, prints, drawings and multi-media works. From the excitement of the initial effort to put a man on the moon to recent endeavors such as the Pathfinder Mars Mission and the Hubble Space Telescope, artists such as Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and James Wyeth have captured the spirit of space exploration. The result is a rich visual record of the NASA Space Program.

From the inception of NASA's Art Program in 1962, NASA has invited more than 250 American artists to witness first-hand the U.S. space missions and to interpret space flight through their art. In a creative melding of art and science, the artists, responding to space exploration on emotional and spiritual levels, have documented the work of engineers, astronauts

and scientists. Sketches capture the immediacy of unfolding events, while larger, finished works created in the artists' studios convey the power of what they have witnessed. Artrain USA's mission is to enrich lives and build communities through the arts. This unique art museum on rails fulfills its mission by bringing visual art exhibitions and programs directly to communities that do not have access to museums or collections. As a powerful catalyst, Artrain sparks the formation of local and regional arts councils, bolsters art education programs and community pride and spurs downtown and depot renovations. Since its founding in 1971, more than 2.6 million people have visited Artrain USA in 600 communities in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The Artistry of Space exhibition will visit more than 100 cities in 40 states during its three-year tour.

"The Artistry of Space exhibition is exciting, because it touches all generations and gives us the opportunity to bring museum art to the nation, while incorporating the relationship of art to science and technology," said Debra Polich, President and CEO of Artrain USA.

Visitors are invited to tour the gallery, take part in an interactive program, visit the gift shop and view Artrain's resident artist and local community artists demonstrating their skills.

Artrain USA's inaugural visit to Washington, D.C. is made possible through the donated services of CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway Company.

New Railcars - Artrain has traveled with the same set of railcars since 1971. With the opening of the Artistry of Space exhibition, Artrain will be showcasing three of its five new railcars. These sleek stainless steel cars: a 1949 New York Central sleeper car and 1949 Pennsylvania Railroad twin diner cars, house the gallery for the exhibition. With these new railcars, Artrain USA will be able to continue to break ground in art education, to expand its programming and increase opportunities for people to experience art in a non-intimidating, encouraging atmosphere within their own communities. In January 2000, Artrain will replace its gift shop/studio car and caboose with a 1947 New York Central baggage dormitory car and a 1948 Kansas City Southern end car, respectively.

In 2000, Artistry of Space will tour the Southeast and Gulf State; in 2001 the tour will visit the Midwest; and in 2002, Artrain will traverse the West Coast and Pacific Northwest states.

Our schedule, which will be updated fairly soon--when we get the new community confirmations is at:

Key Personnel:

Debra Polich, Executive Director
Jean Steppe, Tour Coordinator
Laura A. Drew, Communications Manager


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