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Airport Issues National Call to Artists for 2020 Legacy Project

Posted on July 10, 2019 in Art Media Releases

In advance of a 100 year aviation milestone, St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), through its Lambert Art & Culture Program, is seeking qualifications from artists and artist teams to create an original work of art for Terminal 1.

The 2020 Legacy Project is intended to be a two-dimensional or low relief artwork located on a highly prominent wall, post-security, in the light-filled atrium of the Yamasaki-designed Terminal within the C Concourse Checkpoint atrium space. The 2020 Legacy Project has the potential to help define the experience of passengers arriving and departing through the C Concourse Checkpoint and is highly visible from the Ticketing Level of Terminal 1 when overlooking the checkpoint. 

“The 2020 Legacy Project is one way we will celebrate 100 years of aviation at STL and the legacy of Albert Bond Lambert, who first leased farmland on this site for the birth of commercial aviation here,” said STL Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “From hot air balloon races, the first air mail delivery routes, Charles Lindbergh, transcontinental flight, and modern military and space flight, the history of aviation in St. Louis is all linked back to this site in 1920.”   

The goals for the 2020 Legacy Project are to:

  • Reflect, juxtapose, or otherwise create a dialogue with the iconic design, modern grandeur, celebration of air travel and/or formal relationship to flight and aerodynamics provided by the context of the Yamasaki-designed Terminal 1 building.
  • Enhance the environment and provide a focal point for passengers waiting in the security queue.
  • Continue the spirit of innovation and forward thinking that led Albert Bond Lambert to jumpstart aviation in St. Louis in 1920.
  • Celebrate 100 years of the Airport as a link between the region and the world.

The Request for Qualifications for the 2020 Legacy Project is being distributed nationally. The deadline for submissions will be August 26, 2019 through an online process. Submissions will be reviewed by the Airport Art Advisory Committee (AAAC) and one artist will be recommended to create a site-specific proposal for the space with a timeline to install the artwork by late 2020. The submission requirements are described in the Request for Qualifications and the Application. The budget for the project is $200,000 with funding from the Airport’s Special Art Fund. The Lambert Art & Culture Program is supported by private donations, local art grants and fundraising events.    

The Lambert Art and Culture Program builds upon the culturally rich legacy of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Its mission is to elevate the visitor experience and uplift regional pride through the presentation of artwork created by local, national, and international artists.

Lambert Art & Culture Program is guided by 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 Hagen; 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 design artist and illustrator Carlos Zamora. 

The 2020 Legacy Project will be the first commissioned permanent public artwork at the Airport since the debut of Alicia LaChance’s 20 sq. ft. terrazzo inlay medallion in 2012. That artwork features more than 40 colors and is another key milepost for arriving passengers exiting the C Concourse.

Currently, there are more than 25 temporary, permanent and loaned exhibitions and works of art on view at the Airport. For the latest information on current exhibitions, visit