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Artrain USA will be visiting the Southeastern Railway Museum

March 3, 2007
For Immediate Release  (Duluth, Ga.).

All Onboard Artrain USA!
America's Hometown Art Museum is coming to Town

Artrain USA, America's Hometown Art Museum is coming to Duluth, Ga. Gwinnett Council for the Arts is presenting Artrain USA, the nation's only traveling art museum on a train and its nationally-touring art exhibition, Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture. The public can tour Artrain USA at the Southeastern Railway Museum on Saturday & Sunday March 17 & 18 from 10am - 5pm. Admission is free; donations are encouraged.

Artrain USA offers an entertaining, educational and informative experience for visitors of all ages. While onboard vintage rail cars, visitors can tour the three art galleries, watch artists at work and purchase original works of art or souvenirs from the museum gift shop. Kids of all ages can participate in an exhibition "Scavenger Hunt."

Native Views is a contemporary Native American art exhibition touring coast to coast onboard Artrain USA. Native Views explores the many commonalties Native and non-Native people share. Visitors discover the richness, complexity and breadth of contemporary Native American art while examining varying perspectives on society. Guest curator, Joanna Bigfeather (Western Cherokee and Mescalero Apache) redefines Native art by broadening the limits and confronting the stereotypes that currently define it. Featured among the 70 artworks by 53 renowned Native American artists are paintings by Kay Walkingstick (Cherokee) and Steven Yazzie (Navaho), beadwork by Marcus Amerman (Choctow sculptures by Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Anita Fields (Osage) and technology based art by Melanie Printup Hope (Tuscorora).

Artrain USA is being presented by The Gwinnett Council for the Arts and hosted by the Southeastern Railway Museum. Local support provided by Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau and Gwinnett Community Bank. Railroad transportation for Artrain USA is provided by Norfolk Southern Corporation.

Support for Artrain USA and the national tour of Native Views comes from 3M Commercial Graphics, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, Hobbs+Black Architects, IBM, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The St. Paul Companies, Inc. Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Matilda R. Wilson Fund. Transportation is provided by the nation's railroads including BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific Railroad.

Traveling to communities across the United States, Artrain USA is "America's Hometown Art Museum." A nonprofit organization, Artrain USA's mission is to enrich lives and build communities through the arts. An art museum housed in vintage rail cars that travels via the nation's railroads, Artrain USA brings world class art exhibitions and art education programs to communities and their residents. Artrain USA delivers exceptional opportunities for learning, growth and art appreciation while encouraging the development of local cultural programs and organizations. Founded in 1971, Artrain USA's national headquarters are in Ann Arbor, MI. More than 3 million people have visited Artrain USA during 800 community visits across America. Communities as small as 300 and as large as 3 million residents have hosted Artrain USA.

For more information regarding Artrain USA's visit to Duluth, Ga. Contact Cheryl Hardt at (770) 476-2013 or

For more information about Artrain USA and to see images from Native Views visit or call 800.ART.1971

The Southeastern Railway Museum has been in operation since 1970 and is "Georgia's Official Transportation History Museum". The museum has over 80 other pieces of retired railway rolling stock including vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger coaches, private business cars, a World War II army troop kitchen, wooden freight cars, railway post office car and maintenance of way equipment. Many other items from Georgia's transportation history are also presented on the museum's 30-acre site.

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