Exhibit on Mudhens a highlight of ArtBlast
The nation’s favorite pastime will be on full display during the Rosemount Area Arts Council’s ArtBlast June 22-28.
Photos by William Pringle Rodman highlight the Miesville Mudhens and its home Jack Ruhr Field at the Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail.
Rodman is a Minneapolis-based documentary and street photographer who works primarily in black and white film.
His portfolio features variety of series from ballet to barbershops to nuns.
There’s no digital manipulation in his photos.
“I still work with film and I develop the photos myself,” Rodman said.
About 15 years ago, he took a series of photographs of the Miesville Mudhens,
“It was serendipitous,” he said. “I have a family friend who had a son playing on a team from Wisconsin. They were going to play the Mudhens and they invited me to come down. I just thought it was a wonderful ballpark and great location. I thought I just had to get back here with a camera.”
Rodman returned several times during the next few years. He was drawn to the authenticity of the stadium, and genuine fans and players.
“It was an idyllic setting,” Rodman said. “It’s like a family, that Miesville organization. A lot of the same people have worked and volunteered there for years.”
He made an effort to arrive a few hours before the first pitch to catch the players getting ready.
“There were these beautiful shadows as you get later into the evening,” Rodman said. “It was a very satisfying experience.”
For the exhibition, Rodman went back to the original rolls and pulled out an additional 15 photos to display. In total he has about 23 on display.
“It’s the first time some of them will be shown,” Rodman said.
Rodman is no stranger to Rosemount. A series on his street photography was on display at the Steeple Center earlier this year.
His more recent work includes a series on small iconic manufacturing companies such as the Summit Brewery in St. Paul, the Red Wing Shoe Company, and the Pearson Candy Company in St. Paul.
Organizers felt like a series on the Mudhens would be appealing due to its proximity to Rosemount, he said.
An artist’s reception will be held 2-3 p.m. June 23, during ArtBlast at the Robert Trail Library.