We celebrate 30 years of operation at the historic Station Inn this year. Beginning in 2023, we are proud hosts to a new Artist in Residency program, giving the space and time for an artist each year to connect with our area, the railroad, and the rich and diverse history and cultures of Blair, Cambria, and Huntingdon Counties. Honoring founder Tom Davis's love for the arts and culture, we established the Artist-in-Residence program to enrich our community and expand our reach beyond Cresson, Pennsylvania.
We invited Michael Froio (b. 1976) to be our first artist and to assist in setting up the residency and seating it into our local and regional arts and culture community. Michael is a photographer and educator in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Much of his Michael's work focuses on understanding the built environment and how history creates a compelling narrative in photography. For the last 15 years, his work has focused on the landscape and infrastructure of the former Pennsylvania Railroad (whose main line passes right by the Inn's front porch). Michael's commissioned work includes architectural, railroad, and heavy industry documentation and research projects in various mediums, including large-format film, digital stills, videos, and time-lapse photography.
Froio's work resides in noted collections, including the Library of Congress, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Woodmere Museum, and the Camden County Arts Bank collection.
The Lang family is honored to continue Tom Davis's legacy at the Station Inn, and restore the Inn to its former glory. Michael's work is on display at the Station Inn's newly renovated Yard Office Lounge which is available for meetings and social events.
About the Artist-In-Residence Program
The Station Inn honors founder Tom Davis' legacy, and love of the arts and culture, by supporting an annual Artist-In-Residence Program ("AIRP"). The AIRP provides an allocation of complimentary lodging for the selected artist to focus on creating their work in and around the Cresson area over a period of time. The artist is invited to exhibit their work in the Yard Office Lounge meeting and event space.
A call for submissions for next year's AIRP will be issued in early 2024.