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Railroad Park's membership program supports park maintenance and events, like the annual Trucks by the Tracks food truck festival and next winter's Ice Skating at Railroad Park. The membership benefits at various levels include free tickets to the events above, limited edition posters, special discounts and more.
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John Lytle Wilson
John Lytle Wilson is a Birmingham artist best known for his brightly colored paintings. His paintings feature cartoon robots, monkeys and unicorns engaged in combat or flight and sometimes invading kitschy landscapes from thrift store paintings. Wilson spent part of his childhood in China, where he became fascinated with a children's book series entitled The Monkey King. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts. He then studied art at Birmingham-Southern College. He graduated in 1999 and he stayed in Birmingham for a year. He then spent another year in China before enrolling in graduate school at Florida State University in 2001. He completed his Master of Fine Arts there in 2004 and remained on staff for the next three years.
In 2008 Wilson moved back to Birmingham with his wife, Liz. He taught in the Wallace State and UAB art departments before joining the faculty at Birmingham-Southern College in 2013. He currently teaches painting and introduction to design.
Wilson has exhibited locally at Artwalk, Clay Scot Gallery, Boutwell Studios, Magic City Art Connection and Rojo. He was also artistin- residence at Gallery 621 in Tallahassee and has been shown in the Vienna Biennale, the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, and numerous other galleries.
In 2011, he and Wes Frazer opened the Acme Gallery on 2nd Avenue North. In 2013 Wilson mounted a solo exhibition, "The Shrine of the Most Glorious Future" at the UAB Art Gallery.
Award-winning urban oasis.
Railroad Park is a Public/Private Partnership. That means it relies on funds from many sources. Keeping the park open, lush and full of activity requires municipal dollars, corporate donations and individual contributions. It takes everyone working together.
Since opening in 2010, Railroad Park has transformed the mindset and physical landscape of Birmingham. Railroad Park has been a catalyst for economic development, downtown living and fun. More than 600,000 residents and guests of the Magic City will participate in Park programs and activities this year. Railroad Park continues to generate positive local and national publicity for our region.
And Railroad Park doesn't work without you.
Have you been prouder of Birmingham since Railroad Park opened, or had more fun in the city since we've been here? If you've taken a jog, eaten a lunch, had a play date, a yoga class, a meeting, an afternoon nap or taken a shortcut to a Baron's game at Regions Field, please consider making a donation. Any amount makes a difference. Any amount makes Railroad Park programs and operations possible.