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STL adds new art exhibitions throughout terminals

Posted on September 30, 2020 in Media Releases

Installed eight new exhibits from local artists and arts organizations

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 30, 2020): Created in 2008, the art program at St. Louis Lambert International Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent not only in St. Louis, but worldwide. The terminals and surrounding facilities incorporate rotating art exhibits and permanent displays for the public.

The Lambert Art and Culture Program is funded entirely by the Art of Travel gala, grants from the Regional Arts Commission and donations. Within the last two months, the airport has installed eight new exhibits throughout the airport from local artists and arts organizations.

“The Lambert Art and Culture Program at the airport selects and presents works by local, regional and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s passengers and visitors,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Airport Director. “We are thrilled with the new selection of art on exhibit now at the airport.”

New art exhibits include:

Riverscapes by Megan Singleton: For this exhibition, Megan Singleton created handmade paper pulp paintings and cyanotype prints of botanical patterns to interpret the Missouri landscapes and waterways. Located in Terminal 2 (T2) between Gates E33 and E34, the pulp paintings in Riverscapes are based on maps of Missouri rivers, adapted straight from the Missouri Department of Conservation Paddlers guide. Singleton depicts the Current, Bourbeuse, Jacks Fork and Meramec Rivers among others, and has personally canoed eight of the eleven rivers depicted. Pulp paintings are created in the wet state of the papermaking process, using pulp slurry to draw delicate lines with kozo fiber. Singleton is a practicing artist and educator in St. Louis whose work emphases the beauty and fragility of waterways through natural materials and unique techniques. Riverscapes will be on display until August 2021.

Artists as Educators: Craft Alliance’s Teaching Faculty by Craft Alliance: Craft Alliance has a rich history of artists teaching in their studios. Artists as Educators celebrates the non-profit organization’s faculty, which is made up of exceptionally skilled practicing artists. Throughout the year, these artists share their creative spirit and love of teaching with students of all ages in the Craft Alliance studios. Artists as Educators in the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1 (T1) features nineteen active artists who have created works in ceramics, glass, and metal. The exhibition, on display through February 2021, highlights the hardworking artists that inspire the St. Louis art community through their work and through their instruction.

52/52 Horses by Carol Carter: In 2018, Carol Carter painted 52 horse paintings: one per week. The collection explores the majesty, dignity, strength, power, and agility of the iconic horse. This work explores the symmetry of animal to nature and vice versa. Carter is a St. Louis-based watercolor artist who boasts a 35-year career of painting, teaching workshops, and exhibiting her work throughout the world. The three paintings from the 52/52 Horses collection are currently on display at STL in the T1 Baggage Claim area, just outside Concourse A and will be shown through February 2021.

Jessica Witte: Seed the Change by Jessica Witte: Jessica Witte’s Seed the Change was a day-long collaborative drawing event held June 5, 2016, on the Riverfront at the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Using sunflower, safflower, and millet seed an unforgettable “seed drawing” spanned 420-feet on the sidewalk along Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard centered parallel to the Arch. The artist’s crew chalked a design based on Missouri native plants, as a guide to be filled in with the seed. Throughout the day, passers-by filled in and added to the drawing, creating a dynamic landscape. Witte’s goal was to highlight the human potential of the city with art shaped by its people.  The temporary public art project was commissioned by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts, a local nonprofit organization, and funded by the William E. Weiss Foundation. Witte’s exhibition of the same name features dozens of photographs documenting the fleeting artwork, as well as the artist’s planning sketches and materials samples. Seed the Change located in the Lambert Gallery in T1 will be on display through February 2021.

Primary Faces by Eugenia Alexander: Primary Faces, located in T2 near Gate E33, is about a time in Eugenia Alexander’s creative career when she had reached a creative block. The artist had not created anything new for over a year and contemplated giving up her artistic practice. One day she just let her hand move organically while sketching and that's when her one line portraits where born. Painted in bold, primary colors, this collection of graphic portraits represents an artist’s discovery of simply being and her rediscovery of her love of creating. Alexander is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Metro East. Her signature style often includes one-line illustrations and repetitive line patterns inspired by her heritage and ancient process-driven techniques. Primary Faces will be on display through February 2021.

Mudlark by Kristin Cassidy: Located on six backlit display boxes throughout the T1 Baggage Claim, each work in Mudlark highlights a unique collection of artifacts discovered by Kristin Cassidy along the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis. The objects have been exposed to the elements for decades before Cassidy finds them, photographs them and arranges the images into grids of similar objects to highlight the various ways they have been sculpted by time and nature. Cassidy is a St. Louis-based artist, set designer, and actor whose artwork explores ephemerality, accumulation and fate. In Mudlark, she gives each found object a stage to tell its story, which otherwise would have been washed away by time and the Mississippi River. The exhibition will be on display through August 2021.

Girls with Fruits, vol. 2 by Tiffany J. Sutton: In the Girls with Fruits, vol. 2 collection, photographer Tiffany J. Sutton references mythological stories, medical knowledge and art historical imagery when she photographs her female subjects each with a specific fruit. Sutton explains, "[m]y photographs of women aren't about their performance for me and the audience, I'm telling a collective narrative about women’s complexities and emotions and that has become a feminist statement for which I am still exploring." The exhibition of six photographs uses the camera’s gaze to deepen the artist’s love and interest in the subject before her. Sutton is a primarily self-taught professional photographer who was raised in suburban St. Louis. She began documenting family and friends after receiving a Kodak camera as a Christmas gift as a child.   

Rambling River Project by Rambling River Art Quilters: (To be installed) The Rambling River Project is a series of 15 art quilts each made by a different art quilter, all of which represent a river from each artists’ viewpoint. The Rambling River Art Quilters live across Missouri, mostly along the Missouri River, so this project represents their connectedness to each other and to the land. The artists range in age from 30-80 and many had not met face to face before the project. Each artist was given the side dimensions of their “river” along with a piece of blue fabric. After that it was an individual project. The quilted river runs over waterfalls, through forests and fields, over rocks and under cliffs as well as through cities. Techniques include hand and machine stitch, paint, beading, embellishments, cotton, silk and wool fabrics. The combined effort stretches more than 22-feet and is inspired by travel, family memories, favorite places, and lots of imagination. The Rambling River Project will be on display in T2 between Gates E33 and E34 beginning in October 2020 through October 2021.  

The Lambert Art & Culture program aims to highlight the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region to more than 16 million travelers and visitors every year. Every two to three years, a “Call to Artists” is distributed for local artists, curators, and organizations to be considered for curating or displaying works of art or cultural objects at the airport. An Airport Art Advisory Committee, consisting of seven highly qualified local arts professionals, oversees the program and reviews all works considered for the program. No public funds are used for this program.

All artwork, including previous exhibitions, can be viewed online at ArtofTravelSTL.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Will Becker 314-426-8097 or (m) 314-409-3925
WSBecker@flystl.com