Ten local artists have been selected for the 2016 MetroScapes, a Metro Arts In Transit program that showcases local art at Metro transit locations. Their winning original artwork was chosen from a group of 140 submissions, and will be reproduced as large-scale, two-dimensional posters that will be installed at more than 200 MetroBus shelters in the St. Louis region.
The winning artists and the titles of their works are:
“This year’s jury had a diverse array of images to choose from and I think these 10 images reflect that,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts In Transit. “Thank you to all of the artists who submitted their work. St. Louis has a wonderfully deep bench of talent from which to choose.”
Artists were invited to enter their work for consideration into the MetroScapes program in March, and submissions were reviewed by a panel of artists and art professionals. The selected artwork can be viewed on the Metro Arts In Transit website, artsintransit.org/metroscapes.
The MetroScapes posters will be installed at MetroBus shelters later this fall and will be on display for one year. They will also be showcased at a public exhibition and reception for the artists at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in Maplewood on Friday, November 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Last year, 11 local artists were selected from a group of nearly 100 submissions for MetroScapes, and their work was featured at Metro transit locations throughout the area. To learn more about the MetroScapes program, visit artsintransit.org.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 399 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 78 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the St. Louis Regional Freightway.