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Oct. 5 – Dec. 30, 2018

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Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, And Western Railways
Oct. 5 –Dec. 30, 2018
Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Prior to the widespread availability of the automobile, artists experienced and explored the American West by train. By 1930, hundreds of artists and illustrators had enjoyed the patronage of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe; Northern Pacific; Southern Pacific, Great Northern; Canadian Pacific; Mexican Central; and other Western lines. Celebrated image makers of the American West, including Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon, and less well-known designers and painters alike, courted Western railways for transportation, for sales, and for the international promotion of their work and interests. At the same time, rail companies sought naturalistic images of Western subjects that could be displayed in ticket offices and hotels, in traveling exhibitions, and reproduced on advertising materials to promote Western travel on their lines. 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.

Louis Benton Akin (U.S. 1868–1913)
Colorado River, Grand Canyon
, 1908
Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 in.
The Eugene B. Adkins Collection at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma


Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, and Western Railways
Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, Oct. 4
6 p.m.: Members Exhibition Preview
Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Museum members are invited to preview the Ticket to Ride exhibition before it officially opens to the public. Join us for beverages and hors d’oeuvers, as well as complimentary valet parking.

7 p.m.: Public Opening Lecture
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Members at the Supporter level and higher may reserve seats for the lecture by exhibition curator Hadley Jerman, the Eugene B. Adkins Assistant Curator. Seating in the auditorium and overflow is expected to fill up quickly, so please call (405) 325-5990 to reserve your spot today!

8 p.m.: Public Opening Reception
Sandy Bell Gallery

Following the lecture, please join us for a public reception with light refreshments, a cash bar, and live music.


The Wylodean Saxon Lecture
Joni L. Kinsey, Ph. D
Thomas Moran and Visual Travel in the Gilded Age
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art presents the Wylodean Saxon Lecture series with Joni L. Kinsey, Ph. D and her talk Thomas Moran and Visual Travel in the Gilded Age. Joni L. Kinsey is Professor of American Art History at the University of Iowa where she has taught since 1991. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century landscape painting and western art, but she also has written on other subjects such as nineteenth century popular prints, the art of Grant Wood, and women artists.  She is the author of four books, Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992; Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996; The Majestic Grand Canyon: 150 Years in Art, First Glance Books, 1998, and Thomas Moran's West: Chromolithography, High Art, and Popular Taste (University Press of Kansas, 2006).  In 2014 she was a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom researching a book and exhibition project, Thomas Moran's Britain: Transatlantic Visions of the American Turner.


Ticket to Ride Gallery Talk
1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13

Join FJJMA’s Eugene B. Adkins Assistant Curator Hadley Jerman as she leads a gallery talk through Ticket to Ride.


All Aboard! Family Night
6-8 p.m., Thursday Dec. 13
Sandy Bell Gallery

Celebrate our new holiday tradition as model trains take over the museum for the last half of December! The opening night includes art activities, banjo music, a cookie and hot cocoa bar, and much more! This family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m., and a train-lighting ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m. Don't miss out! 


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Maurice Logan (U.S., 1886-1877)
Yosemite, Southern Pacific Poster,
Offset Lithograph, 23 x 16 in.
Courtesy of the California State Library.