The Lambert Art and Culture Program builds upon the culturally rich legacy of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Our mission is to elevate the visitor experience and uplift regional pride through the presentation of artwork created by local, national, and international artists.
Through visual and performing arts and permanent and temporary exhibitions, the program aims to highlight the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region to over 16 million travelers and visitors every year. With exhibition areas in both terminals, art at STL has never been brighter.
The program was created as a component of the Airport Experience Campaign (2008-2014); the largest interior renovation of Terminal 1 in its history. An Airport Art Advisory Committee (AAAC), consisting of seven highly qualified local arts professionals appointed by the St. Louis City Mayor, oversees the program. Current AAAC Members are Lisa Cakmak, Associate Curator of Ancient Art at Saint Louis Art Museum; Ellen Gale, Executive Director Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Shelley Hagan; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, consultant with ART+; and design artist and illustrator Carlos Zamora.
The AAAC reviews all works considered for commission, loan, gift or temporary exhibition. The first project for the program was the selection of nine local artists to create works for display on a set of art glass screens in Concourses A & C in 2012. The program also supports a series of curated art and culture exhibits by local and regional institutions throughout the airport.
Thanks to this program, artists whose work has graced the public spaces at STL include: Alicia LaChance, Ken Konchel, Daniel Raedeke, John Foster, Cbabi Bayoc, Solomon Thurman, Steven Ladd and William Ladd. Many more artists have been featured in curated exhibitions by local organizations such as Craft Alliance, The Sheldon Art Galleries, The Missouri History Museum, The International Photography Hall of Fame, Griot Museum, Foundry Art Centre, and the World Chess Hall of Fame.
To view previous exhibitions, visit the Exhibition Archives page.
Every two or three years, the Lambert Art & Culture Program will send out Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or “Call to Artists” to be considered for curating or displaying works of art at the Airport. you are interested getting notifications on our next art exhibition opportunities at STL, please use the contact us page.