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Fresh airport art exhibits

Stuck at the airport? Lucky you! In these and many other airports, you’ll get to see some great art.

STL MUSIC exhibit 1

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has a new art exhibit featuring wind instruments from the Sheldon Art Galleries through December 13, 2015 in the Lambert Gallery.


On view: beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central and North America, which are a part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger 2,500 piece World Music Collection.


At Austin-Berstrom International Airport there’s a new exhibit featuring beadworkd from the Austin Bead Society.

Graphic Explosion by Nancy Vaughn

Graphic Explosion by Nancy Vaughn

 Waters Edge by Robynne Simons Sealy

Waters Edge by Robynne Simons Sealy

And in the Terminal C-D link, Philadelphia International Airport is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the start of its commercial air service with a new exhibit looking back at the airport’s transformation into a major hub airport.

PHL art history

Kenneth Aston, Philadelphia International Airport.

PHL old

courtesy Philadelphia International Airport


courtesy Philadelphia International Airport

Fresh airport art: murals in STL; lace in SFO

Two new murals by Amy Cheng, titled “Nucleic Life Formation,” have been added to the Terminal 1 Metrolink light rail station at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL).


The pieces depict a “a universal connection between people and the universe” and are located at the top of and alongside the Terminal 1 Metrolink escalator.

At San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the SFO Museum has a new exhibition about the history of lace from the 1600s to the 1900s.

Included is this fan from the late 1800s.


According to the museum notes, the folding fan originated in Japan and was introduced to Europe in the second half of the sixteenth century as a fashion accessory and “as a subtle tool for flirting with suitors.”

During the Victorian Era, when a woman drew her fan across her cheek it supposedly meant, “I love you.” Fanning slowly meant: “I am married.”

The exhibit – Lace: A Sumptuous History – includes edgings, lappets, parasols, gloves, collars, dresses and more and is on display on the departures level of the International Terminal, pre-security, through June 2014.

“Black Americans in Flight” mural rededicated at STL airport

This week, as part of its Black History Month celebration, Lambert-St.Louis International Airport re-dedicated a 51-foot mural titled “Black Americans in Flight,” which highlights the contributions of African Americans in aviation through the Space Age.

The recently restored mural was painted in 1990 by Solomon Thurman and the late Spencer Taylor and is in Lambert’s Terminal 1 Baggage Claim. Made up of four panels, the mural includes portraits of 75 individual and 18 aircraft and is one of the largest paintings honoring the Tuskegee Airmen. Both artists were McDonnell Douglas employees when the mural was commissioned

See the STL website for more details about “Black Americans in Flight.