New Exhibit on Public Art Takes Flight

Anitra Blayton
Workers install a sculpture by Anitra Blayton at DFW International Airport. (Photo contributed.)

Inspired by the ongoing Love Field Modernization Project as well as the $6 million commissioned art program at DFW International Airport, a new exhibit, “Flight Deck,” will open Monday in The Gallery at UTA and run through Feb. 16.

Gallery curator Benito Huerta organized this exhibition to showcase the lively public art activity at the two major airports in the Metroplex.

“Public art, or artwork created specifically for a publicly accessible location, moves an artist’s work out of the confines of the gallery or museum and allows it to be seen by a wider audience in a less traditional setting,” said Huerta. “What public art also does is humanizes the public or architectural space and creates a more inviting situation for the viewer.”

Huerta said the new exhibit celebrates work that often goes unnoticed by most of the general public. On a recent trip through DFW, Huerta watched as most of the travelers walked by the artwork in Terminal D, though a few stopped to get a closer look.

“Our culture isn’t used to it,” he said. “A majority of us are not gallery-goers, so our eyes aren’t as trained to appreciate it. In Europe, you have people who will visit to see the art not just in the museum, but also in the public arena.

“Public art programs in this country have grown over the years, and younger people and kids are more open to it and show more an appreciation for the work as they get older. Public art is part of the visual vocabulary one sees on a daily basis.”

“Flight Deck” will feature models, sketches and slideshows of work residing in the DFW airports or work in progress. Huerta said the work not only enhances the identities of the airports, but it is a highly visible expression of the cultural diversity and vibrancy of the north Texas art scene.

A reception for the new exhibition will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street in Arlington.

For more information visit http://www.uta.edu/gallery.

The 2012-2013 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin Fine Art Services.

The Gallery at UTA's latest exhibit will feature Tom Orr's concept model for "Intersected Passage," an installation piece scheduled for construction at Dallas Love Field later this year. (Photo contributed.)
The Gallery at UTA’s latest exhibit will feature Tom Orr’s concept model for “Intersected Passage,” an installation piece scheduled for construction at Dallas Love Field later this year. (Photo contributed.)

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