Balance and Inclusion: Local Artists Cbabi Bayoc and Brandon Anschultz Featured in New Exhibits

Posted on May 21, 2018 in Art Media Releases

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) is featuring two local artists, Cbabi Bayoc and Brandon Anschultz, in new exhibitions installed last week that seek to empower and inspire viewers with playful imagery and design. Their exhibits highlight the diverse St. Louis community to travelers from around the world.

Cbabi Bayoc’s exhibit, Empowerment from Within: Yoga and Our Youth focuses on celebrating the movement of urban communities that pair yoga with youth in safe spaces. By promoting physical and mental well-being in his work, Bayoc allows viewers to explore the notions of focus, empowerment, and self-control through the eyes of children. His playful colors, presented within the context of youth and movement, will subtly encourage viewers to embrace slow, controlled action. Composed of shaped polymetal and acrylics, WarriorFireflyFlying PigeonSeek EnlightenmentBalance, and Queen Pigeon are on display in Terminal 2, between gates E18 and E20 now through November, 2018.

Cbabi Bayoc, a visual artist and illustrator, is best known for creating the cover art for Prince’s album The Rainbow Children. He has also produced a work titled 365 Days with Dad, in which he painted a positive image of black fatherhood for an entire year. Some of his other subjects have included family, children, and music.

Brandon Anschultz’s exhibit, Time Won’t Give Me Time, is composed of two pieces, Disco and After Party, that both reflect the tumultuous time of the gay community in the 1980’s. Disco, pictured above, is composed of three triangular mirror plinths each holding a different color of sand and glitter. After Party is composed of a black disco ball atop a mahogany base, loosely in the shape of the top of a coffin. Exploring juxtaposing feelings of joy, fear, rage, and sadness, Anschultz is able to celebrate the new possibilities of and memorialize the 1980’s as a time of deep transition within the gay community. His work pushes the imagination to places with strong emotional connections, while simultaneously celebrating the chaos that accompanied the time. These pieces will be on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge now through November, 2018.

Brandon Anschultz earned his BFA from Louisiana Tech University and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He has held residencies at ACRE in Wisconsin and the Cité international in Paris, France. His work has been displayed in Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY, New Orleans, LA, Kansas City, MO, and Austria.

Cbabi Bayoc and Brandon Anschultz were both chosen by the Lambert Art & Culture Program through the Airport’s 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, consultant with ART+; 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. Currently, there are 29 works of art (temporary, permanent or on-loan) on exhibit at the Airport. For more information, visit www.artoftravelstl.com.