The St. Louis Airport Commission approved a name change for St. Louis’ airport that puts St. Louis in the lead of its name while continuing to honor its legacy founder, Albert Bond Lambert.
The commission approved a name change to “St. Louis Lambert International Airport,” which would reverse the city and legacy founder’s name once the name change is fully approved. The name change must still be approved by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.
“This effort is about aligning the Airport with our city and becoming more unified with the brand and marketing power of the St. Louis region,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve received a lot of feedback in the last few weeks that highlighted the support of our effort to put St. Louis first.”
An airport working group originally proposed “St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.” Commissioners amended the proposed name and approved “St. Louis Lambert International Airport.”
“We’ve spent the last few weeks talking with relatives of Albert Bond Lambert and heard how important it was that Lambert still have a vital position in the airport’s name,” said Hamm-Niebruegge. “The current naming strategy does that. With support of our major business leaders, community organizations, our stakeholders and our commissioners, we believe the new name provides a key foundation for the Airport to soon adopt a more cohesive and global marketing platform.”
An American Airlines MD-80 aircraft is parked outside of Concourse B while a sister jet departs on runway 30L.
Over the last decade American Airlines has been phasing out their most iconic aircraft, the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 series jetliner. Referred to as the “Super 80,” at one time nearly 400 MD-80s bore the American Airlines’ livery, making it the largest fleet in aviation history. Now only one-third are in the skies. History was made again as twenty MD-80s were retired by the airline in a single day on August 23. The remaining fleet will be retired within 2 years. STL is the best spot in country for Super 80 fans to catch final glimpses of the aircraft. According to a local American rep, “We will see them here longer than just about anywhere.” STL is unique in that it houses the country’s top American Airlines’ MD-80 maintenance hangar. A push is also confirmed to be in motion for American’s final MD-80 flight to be from STL. The airline has begun rotating in the Boeing 737, which American’s STL maintenance team has added to its repertoire, allowing the airline to maintain overall seasonal capacity.
A shimmering 1920s beauty with a passion for future flight is a stunning illustration by Carlos Zamora, who has unveiled his poster design for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 2016 Art of Travel event.
Zamora donated his talents as long-time creative director and illustrator to design “Blue Lady.” He is a Co-Chair of the 2016 Art of Travel host committee. The Cuban-born and St. Louis advocate has had illustrations published by the New York Observer, The Boston Globe, Ad Age, American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal and St. Louis Magazine. He is a former President of AIGA St. Louis - the professional association of Design, and serves as a brand chair on several boards in the city.
The 6th annual Art of Travel celebrates The Dawn of St. Louis Aviation in 1920’s style on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A limited number of Zamora’s “Blue Lady” prints, produced on 100% cotton archival museum paper, will be available to guests that evening donating to the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Event sponsors will also receive a signed, limited edition print. Sponsorships are still available.
Individual tickets are $75 in advance at www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com or $100 at the door. Dining, drinks, parking and entertainment are included. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which enhances the visual appearance and cultural connectivity of the airport through art and exhibitions in the terminals and concourses.
The Airport held its inaugural Art of Travel event in 2011. Carlos Zamora designed the first poster that year in what is now a treasured annual tradition for the Airport’s fundraising event. Co-Chairs for the 2016 Art of Travel are Cabanne and Jim Howard, Carlos and Juliana Zamora, and Jessica and Jacob Herschend.
The power of art is in everyone. That is the essence of a new exhibition by Artists First now on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The exhibition, Different Filter, Different Lens: Artists First features the works of individuals often referred to as “outsider artists,” individuals who have reinvented their selves by tapping into newly discovered creative talents.
Artists First is a nonprofit organization which serves adults with disabilities, youth with and without disabilities, and current and former Armed Service members from the greater St. Louis area.
The Airport exhibition showcases three dimensional objects as well as small paintings and collages, crafted in the Artists First studio with guidance by facilitators
“The artists at the Artists First studio demonstrate a concerted effort to focus on creating visual art. The results vary from self-referential, or autobiographical imagery, and caricatures, to celebratory decoration,” said Sheila Suderwalla, Executive Director. “The purpose of this exhibition demonstrates the power of creative expression in the lives of disenfranchised individuals with disabilities but also examines the various media, imagery, and techniques specific to each individual.”
Different Lens/ Different Filter is on display in The Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim through January 1, 2017.
The exhibition is supported by funding from the Regional Arts Commission. The Lambert Gallery exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art.
An Airport Operations Specialist returns to his vehicle after examining a taxiway sign to ensure FAA compliance during an airfield inspection.
In order for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to operate as an airport, it requires an Airport Operating Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airports must adhere to strict operational and safety standards established by the FAA, which vary depending on the airport size and type of flights. For Lambert, our guidelines are found the FAA Part 139 regulations. This week the airport celebrated receiving a perfect score on our annual Part 139 airfield safety inspection. The weeks-long examination by the FAA revealed STL to be in complete compliance, and was awarded a prestigious medal for the high marks. What’s more impressive? The fact that this is the second year in a row to receive the honor. Lambert’s Airport Operations Department performs a detailed inspection of the airfield multiple times a day to help ensure the highest level of safety and FAA regulation compliance.
Debris is loaded into a truck during the demolition of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Trademart building.
A familiar and unique airport building known as the Trademart was reduced to rubble this week as demolition began for a repurposing of the area. The Trademart building was a recognizable structure located adjacent to Runway 11/29. A former shopping center, the retail spaces served as extended offices for varying airport departments, which were relocated in preparation for the leveling. Interior walls were demolished first, then work began on the exterior brick structure. Portions of the building suitable for recycling will be sent for processing.
Geometry and space are the inspirations for St. Louis artist Thomas Sleet, who has introduced the latest exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. “Studies in Topology” is now on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge through January 2017.
Starting with commonly available materials, Thomas Sleet's work weaves themes of organic structure, migration, infinite multiples, and culture with systems of individual marks. The ten works on display at Lambert are created from wood and acrylic with repeated shapes—in both material and spaces between. Sleet arranges a foundation of simple shapes into stacks of new geometric forms in contrasting black, white and some gray.
Thomas Sleet attended Columbus College of Art and Design and Washington University in St. Louis - Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, where he received his B.F.A. Sleet has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout St. Louis and is featured in numerous permanent collections.
The works are courtesy of the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis and the exhibition is supported by the Regional Arts Commission. The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art.
Artist Thomas Sleet applies epoxy while building custom structural designs for his art exhibit in the T1 Ticketing Lounge.
The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge is a restful place nestled in the busy upper level of the airport’s most iconic building. Between the living foliage wall and soothing color changing fountain lies a unique art exhibition space with rotating exhibits. Thomas Sleet, a local sculptor and painter, installed his collection entitled, Studies in Topology this week. Starting with commonly available materials, Sleet utilizes them as building blocks, stacking and arranging them to merge organic structure with geometry. All of the pieces he creates and assembles himself, often visualizing them on a massive, oversize scale. His works will be on display at the airport through January 2017. Art impacts an average of 35,000 passengers per day at Lambert, and is curated with the help of community support and the Regional Arts Commission. Attend the Art of Travel gala on October 6 to help grow the Lambert Art and Culture Program. Learn more at: www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com
Tickets are now on sale for the Art of Travel gala, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s signature event of the year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which through community support, enhances the visual appearance and cultural connectivity of the airport through art and exhibitions in the terminals and concourses.
Now in its 6th year, Art of Travel celebrates The Dawn of St. Louis Aviation in 1920’s style on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Lambert’s Concourse B event space in Terminal 1. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Dining, drinks, parking and entertainment are included. All proceeds benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program.
To purchase Art of Travel tickets and for more information, please visit www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com
The Lambert Art and Culture program features both visual and performing arts, and highlights the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region, as well as works from national and international scenes. Funds raised at previous Art of Travel events has enabled Lambert Airport to showcase works from renowned artists such as: Alicia LaChance, Ken Konchel, Daniel Raedeke, John Foster, Steven Ladd and William Ladd. Many more artists have been featured in curated exhibitions by local organizations such as Craft Alliance, The Sheldon Art Galleries, The Missouri History Museum, The International Photography Hall of Fame, Griot Museum, Foundry Art Centre and the World Chess Hall of Fame.
“The public is invited to attend in support of our art, which impacts an average of 35,000 passengers per day here at Lambert,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The cause is important for our region, and we are proud to present a really extraordinary evening.”
A highlight of the event is the Copper Collection jewelry, an Art of Travel exclusive. Crafted from salvaged pieces of Lambert’s historic and iconic original copper roof, these legacy jewelry and accessory pieces for both men and women are returning by popular demand. Art of Travel will debut the collection for sale, and it is expected to sell out at the event. The 2016 Copper Collection features works from renowned local metalsmiths Jennifer Walker, Peg Fetter, Roger Rimel and Leia Zumbro. The collection contains more than 80 hand-crafted pieces, with prices starting at $75.
Art of Travel puts the spotlight on culinary arts with an exquisite chef table dining experience. Top chefs will assemble from around the country courtesy of HMSHost, Lambert’s master food and beverage concessionaire and a world leader in travel dining. The expert culinarians will craft seven inspired chef tables featuring favorite 1920s foods, transformed into sweet and savory delectable gourmet reincarnations.
Guests can enjoy a signature cocktail or choose their own pour from one of four bars, which includes the Budweiser Lounge. Art and travel experience packages will be showcased in the silent auction and raffle. The Galaxy Band featuring Kim Fuller will be entertaining throughout the evening.
Local metalsmith Roger Rimel pinches 24 carat gold dust to sprinkle and fuse atop an Art of Travel Copper Collection jewelry piece.
Tickets are now on sale for the airport’s signature event of the year, Art of Travel. Proceeds from the October 6 gala benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which enhances the visual appearance of the airport and cultural connectivity through art and exhibitions. A highlight of the event is the Copper Collection jewelry, which debuts for sale that night. Crafted from salvaged pieces of Lambert’s historic and iconic original copper roof, the legacy jewelry pieces and accessories for both men and women will be returning by popular demand. The 2016 collection features works from renowned local metalsmiths Jennifer Walker, Peg Fetter, Roger Rimel and Leia Zumbro. Mr. Rimel’s pieces are inspired by aerial landscapes and the textures of natural topography. Learn more at www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.