Louisiana artists bring artwork, culture to the terminals

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Whether you are traveling in or out of Louisiana, you may notice a few updates at the local airport.

Local artists brought a Louisiana touch to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport less than a week before one of the most traveled days of the year.

“It’s exciting, I can’t think of another word to describe it,” local artist Matt Morris expressed. “The airport is a place you go to when you’re traveling, you’re excited about getting away, but it’s also the same place where you come home to. And so that’s what’s exciting about it. It’s a way to connect with the rest of the world, but it’s also a way to show our community, you know that we’re here, we’re present.”

BRG @ BTR sign

Morris has been working on art for 30 years all across the world. He said he’s excited to bring this brand new experience to travelers passing by at home.

“It gives them a chance to see what they wouldn’t ordinarily have been able to experience, and so they might find something that they like that they didn’t know about,” he explained.

The program features paintings, photographs and everything in between. Morris’ piece is called Muffler and Fern.

“I found a muffler at the end of the driveway, my neighbor was tossing it out and I thought I could take advantage of that, spruce it up, paint it, try to make something beautiful out of what has been discarded and then use it to tell a story about our environment,” said Morris.

Ribbon cutting at BTR

Baton Rouge Gallery CEO Jason Andreasen said dozens of artists will have their work displayed along the hallways and in a new mini gallery.

“This space, which was originally, or years ago, was a smoker’s lounge, and it had really just sat vacant and unused, and thanks to support from Visit Baton Rouge, we were able to bring furniture, new lighting, get a fresh coat of paint on the walls and really transform the space into something that could be a dedicated gallery,” he explained.

The artwork will be rotating over time.

“This has allowed us to kind of cast a wide net, you’ll see paintings, prints, photography, everything in between. Really, it’s really exciting to see the diversity of media that’s represented throughout the airport,” said Andreasen.

“It’s not just my work here, it’s the work of over 50 of our members, and it’s a great opportunity to show the rest of the world that we’re here and that we’re active. These are all professional artists. They’re all active, working now, living now,” Morris added.

Artwork displayed at BRG @ BTR

This is a big win for artists, especially after the struggles of the pandemic.

“We couldn’t have our normal parties and have visitors coming through the gallery as frequently as they would, it could have been a major threat to our livelihood,” said Morris.

Art has been brought directly to the people.

“The more that we invest in the arts, the more that people will want to come here, live here or stay here and not want to go away,” said Morris.

You can learn more about the artwork or purchase one of the art pieces by scanning the QR code next to each piece in the gallery.

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