Ted Rose Photographs on Display

Panoramic view of photos in the Ted Rose Exhibit at the Center for Fine Arts on the Knox College Campus

Images from the Ted Rose Exhibit

JUNE 2015

A stunning collection of photographs titled “Ted Rose:  The Artist’s Early Photography” was part of Galesburg’s annual Railroad Days festival thanks to a partnership between the National Railroad Hall of Fame and the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisconsin. 

The show featured 40 black and white photographs dating from 1956 to 1962 as Rose followed trains and rode the rails capturing the last days of active steam railroading in America. 


Executive Director Julie King said the exhibit marked the fifth consecutive year the Hall of Fame had partnered with the Center to make quality railroad photography part of the community’s railroad celebration.  The exhibit, which is on display in Knox College’s Ford Center for the Fine Arts, will remain open through the summer.


Ted Rose (1940-2002) dedicated much of his career to artistically capturing the railroad in American life and culture.  The artist believed passionately that “the American place is often a railroad place,” beautiful and worthy of our attention.  His willingness to embrace the ordinary and make it extraordinary was the core of his artistic vision. 


Best known for his watercolor paintings, Rose perceived a vibrant world both through the camera and on canvas. He was awarded memberships in the prestigious American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.  He created five paintings for the U.S. Postal Service’s “All Aboard” stamp series and three Amtrak calendars.


When Rose died in 2002, obituaries ran across the country, from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times.  This collection is a tribute to creative efforts made throughout his life.





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