Join Metro Arts in Transit for the inaugural MetroScapes public transit art exhibit and reception for the artists this Friday, June 5. Visitors will enjoy light refreshments while they meet the artists and view their original artwork, which will be on display during the special event and through June 13 at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary located at 2713 Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood. The June 5 reception runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and it is free and open to the public.
MetroScapes is a Metro Arts in Transit program that showcases local art at Metro transit locations around the St. Louis region. Eleven local artists were selected from a group of nearly 100 submissions, and their pieces have been reproduced as large-scale, two-dimensional posters that are currently being featured at more than 200 MetroBus shelters in the area.
The winning artists and the title of their works are:
“Our MetroBus shelters are essentially hundreds of blank canvases dotting the entire metropolitan area, which makes Metro a perfect vehicle for delivering public art to the region,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “With MetroScapes, not only do we have the opportunity to support and highlight the great work of St. Louis area artists, we are also enhancing our transit infrastructure and helping beautify the communities and neighborhoods we serve.”
Metro, in conjunction with Lamar Advertising, invited bi-state artists to submit their artwork to the program last fall. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of artists and art professionals who selected the 10 winning posters based on quality of work, clarity and content that was intriguing, thought-provoking, inspirational, entertaining and/or enduring. The posters were installed at MetroBus shelters this spring and will be on display for one year.
About Bi-State Development Agency
The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 77 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch Transportation System. The region’s new freight district also will be operated by BSDA.