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In The Gallery

The Color of Baseball

Photographs by Bill Chapman
August 14, 2014 – October 16, 2014
Opening reception August 20, 2014 6:30 – 8PM
The Griffin Museum at Stoneham Theatre
395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180

For Bill Chapman Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama represents the color of baseball. Over the course of 12 years Chapman has visited and photographed America's oldest baseball park and its visitors. His friend, Dr. Ernest Withers, the master of social documentary photography who photographed the civil rights movement, told Bill Chapman countless stories of the Negro Leagues in Memphis and Birmingham. Withers introduced Chapman to the world of the Memphis Red Sox and the Birmingham Black Barons as well as Rickwood Field.

Bill Chapman's The Color of Baseball will be featured in the Griffin Museum's Atelier Gallery at Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, August 1 – October 16, 2014. It runs parallel to the theater's productions of Picnic at Hanging Rock, Monty Python's Spamalot, Argonautika and Doubt, a Parable.

A reception is August 20, 2014 6:30 – 8:00pm

Bill Chapman says, "Rickwood [Field] is more than a well-preserved, century-old nostalgia piece. It is a sanctuary and haven for all of the players and fans of baseball that have played and passed though its gates over the years. Encapsulating more than just the charm of old parks, Rickwood has a unique charisma."

Chapman is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art. He has been in numerous exhibitions and his photographs have populated many books on baseball. He is the staff photographer and columnist for Boston Baseball Magazine.

Mr. Chapman resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Griffin Museum

The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the exhibition of both historic and contemporary photography. The Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts: the Main Gallery, which features rotating exhibits from some of the world's leading photographers; the Atelier Gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of prominent, up-and-coming artists; and the Griffin Gallery, home to the extensive archives of Museum founder and world-renowned photojournalist Arthur Griffin. For more on the Griffin Museum of Photography, visit

Gallery Info

The Atelier Gallery at Stoneham Theatre is open to the public during regular box office hours, Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00 – 6:00 PM, and open to our audiences before each performance and during intermission.