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Railroad Park has earned positive national attention for Birmingham from influential publications and organizations that praise everything from the Park's design to its success in stimulating revitalization and transformation in the city.
As importantly, we earn positive attention from local five year olds. One of them told us, "I like the big orange fish in your pond. I named him Sophia, just like my sister."
Every day we hear from many voices about how our 19-acre green space makes Birmingham an even better place to be. Railroad Park Foundation's goal is to make the Park a place for Birmingham to brag about for generations to come.
Railroad Park relies on public and private donations to operate. It takes support from many people, many sources to maintain the Park.
If you've been prouder of Birmingham since the Park opened or if you've had more fun in Birmingham since the Park opened, please consider making a donation.
And thank you for bragging on us. We are working to earn that.
You can support Railroad Park through a one-time donation, or to maximize the impact of your gift, you can become a Railroad Park Member.
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.