Artists Connect Reclaimed Materials, Styles into Visionary Works at STL

Posted on November 03, 2017 in Art Media Releases

A mix of personalities, artistic styles and community connections are interwoven in new collaborative works titled, “Inclusive,” now on display at St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge. 

Inclusive is curated by founder Gloria Mills who worked with painters Eugenia Alexander and Jesus Roman, photographers Jessica J. Page and Steven Roach and illustrator Marcis Curtis for two collaborative pieces in separate art cases. 

Both works are built on the connections of re-purposed, or reclaimed materials including famous red “St. Louis” bricks and wood.

Interwoven (Curtis, Roman, Page) radiates out like the rays of the sun- but with pointed scrap wood that frames iconic female faces in blue, and, on the reverse, a view of the St. Louis Arch.

Chatoyance (Curtis, Alexander, Roach), is built on the same bed of red bricks, is more pointed (in all directions) with its jetting pieces made of scrap wood and metal. On the reverse side, the piece frames another view of the St. Louis Arch, this one at night.  

“Though the St. Louis art scene is still experiencing growth, artists have always provided a network of support for one another.  It is through art that voices are heard and people gather in strength,” said Gloria Mills. “In honor of the spirit of St. Louis, INCLUSIVE aims to present a message of collaborative comradery.  These pieces welcome every traveler home, be it permanently or temporarily.”

Inclusive will be on display until May 2018. The installation is part of the temporary exhibitions program within the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Temporary exhibitions at STL are supported by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. 

The Lambert Art & Culture Program is led by the seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee. Current members are Lisa Cakmak, Associate Curator of Ancient Art at Saint Louis Art Museum; Ellen Gale, Executive Director Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Shelley Hagan, Wells Fargo Curator Corporate Art; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Carlos Zamora, Creative Director at Express Scripts. 

The mission of the Lambert Art and Culture Program is to create a visually outstanding impression of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, generate community pride, and ensure that art at STL continues to complement and build upon the airport’s rich visual legacy. The program aims to highlight the St. Louis region’s unique art and culture, while also showcasing national and international works, focusing on both visual and performing arts.

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