If you find yourself at MSP this year, be sure to head over to Terminal 2 where..." />
Search User Login Menu
Tools
Close
Close

Arts

Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Cambrian Players, Paramount Live, Magnus Theatre, TBSO, Grand Marais, Art Colony, UW-Superior, Lake Superior News Online Serving the Lake Superior Region, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Northern Ontario

Latest Arts News

Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport

Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport

122 Conversations extended to 2022 at MSP Airport

MINNEAPOLIS ST PAUL, MINNESOTA   ~~~~~~  March 7, 2021  (LSN)  The new mosaic works at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport follow two temporary installations of 122 Conversations, in both terminals which has received significant praise over the last two years. 

 If you find yourself at MSP this year, be sure to head over to Terminal 2 where the massive installation of 70 hand-painted scrolls has been extended for another year.  Measuring 190 x 25 feet, the works were originally installed in November 2019 and will continue to be enjoyed by travelers passing through the Twin Cities.

Anne Labovitz - "Bon Voyage!" mosaic installation at MSP Airport from Anne Labovitz on Vimeo.

Installation time lapse of original artwork commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn. Designed by artist Anne Labovitz and fabricated by Miotto Mosaics Art Studios in collaboration with Travisanutto Giovanni SRL.

Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport
I am pleased to announce the installation of Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels!, two original artworks commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn.  Based on two of my paintings, each mosaic is 115.5 x 120 x 1 inches and constructed of smalti glass, cut and assembled by Travisanutto Giovanni SRL in Spilimbergo, Italy in collaboration with Miotto Mosaics Art Studios of New York.  Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialized mosaic tesserae (tiny hand-cut tiles) made from richly colored glass.  Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of rich, luminous colors.

The two works are the first pieces of nonrepresentational art to be commissioned by the MSP Airport Foundation to join its permanent art collection.  To view a time lapse video installation of the works, follow the links here and here.

 

  

Two works by Minnesota artist, Anne Labovitz, are the first pieces of nonrepresentational art to be commissioned by Airport Foundation MSP for its permanent art collection.

Designed by Labovitz, Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! are mosaics fabricated by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios in collaboration with Travisanutto Giovanni SRL. Created using traditional Venetian smalti glass, the mosaics were installed in MSP's Terminal 1 Departures Hall in late February. The vibrant, abstract works represent the artist's examination of color psychology and transformation of public space in contemporary artmaking practice.

“I’m thrilled to see Anne’s paintings masterfully translated into mosaics for this project,” stated Ben Owen. Director, Arts@MSP, Airport Foundation MSP. “The majority of MSP's permanent collection of mosaics is representational, things that you can see in nature and in the rural and urban landscapes of the Upper Midwest. The addition of Labovitz’s work marks a noted departure from that, as we're moving into nonrepresentational art with color, form, and texture being the primary subjects of the works.”

While a new direction for the airport’s permanent collection, two recent temporary installations by Labovitz had already demonstrated the popularity of her abstract style of art.

“In commissioning Labovitz to create pieces for our permanent collection the positive response from both travelers and staff to her two prior installations played a key role in our decision,” explained Owen. “In addition, we were excited about the color and emotive qualities of her work for activating this space. Azure blues may remind you of your favorite swimming hole. Oranges, yellows, hot pinks, and deep purples call to mind memories of the sun as it slips just below the horizon. When travelers are departing Minnesota, we want to leave them with a great lasting impression. Labovitz’s work does that.”

Throughout her career, Labovitz has consistently focused on themes of connectivity, unity and community, but in recent years these messages seem to be resonating with audiences, especially within the world of public art.

“My work interprets feelings of joy, hope and calm, and conveys them through color and shape,” stated Labovitz. “With all the chaos and negativity we’ve witnessed in recent years, I think we’re all thirsty for things that will inspire and uplift our spirit.”

In creating Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! Labovitz used colors inspired by phrases such as Bon Voyage, Hope You Find What You’re Looking For, Love, Joy, and Happy Travels.

“Color is an incredibly personal experience that affects human emotions,” explained Labovitz. “For me, color is a life force. The saturated colors are intended to enrich your experience and provide a place of joy and calm. The rich, bold Venetian glass mosaic is carefully crafted, hand-cut, and elegantly placed by Italian artisans.

“This work is created to share hope, friendship, and cross-cultural exchange. It’s about engaging people across cultural and geographical boundaries. I hope this optimism sends travelers onward with a sense of peace and well being.”

Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! are original artworks commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn. Designed by Labovitz, each mosaic is 115.5 x 120 x 1 inches and constructed of smalti glass cut and assembled by Travisanutto Giovanni SRL in Spilimbergo, Italy in collaboration with Miotto Mosaics Art Studios of New York. Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialized mosaic tesserae (tiny hand-cut tiles) made from richly colored glass. Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of rich, luminous colors.

While Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! are the first permanent installations of Labovitz’s work at one of the country’s busiest airports, the colorful works are actually the third installation she has had there within as many years – and just the latest sign of her increasing popularity within the ultra-competitive realm of public art.

<

The artist is also currently completing commissions for Redleaf Center for Family Healing in Minneapolis, and a site-specific outdoor piece in Berlin, Germany. She recently learned Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minn., will be hosting a solo exhibition of her work in January 2023. And, due to its popularity with travelers and guests, her large-scale art installation, 122 Conversations, at the airport’s Main Concourse in Terminal 2 (originally installed as a temporary exhibit in 2019) has been extended for the second time, this time through March of 2022.

About the Artist:
Anne Labovitz (b. Duluth, Minnesota) lives and works in St. Paul, Minn. Notable exhibitions include University of Raparin, Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan; Växjö Kunsthall, Växjö, Sweden; Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia; Isumi City Hall, Isumi City, Japan; Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada; Tweed Museum, Duluth, Minn.; Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA; MSP Terminal 2, Minneapolis, Minn.; MSP Terminal 1, Minneapolis, Minn.; Crary Art Gallery, Warren, Pa.; Burnet Gallery, Le Méridien Chambers in Minneapolis, Minn.; Talgut die Schönen, in Kunste, Germany; Chapman Art Center at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, N.Y; to name a few.

Labovitz’s artwork can be found in the following public collections Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minn.; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, Minn.; The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minn.; The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA; Minnesota Historical Society, St Paul, Minn.; International Gallery of Portrait, in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Växjö Kommun, City of Vaxjo, Sweden; Isumi City Offices, Isumi City Japan; University of Raparin, Rania Iraqi Kurdistan; City of Petrozavodsk, Petrozavodsk, Russia; to name a few.

Current projects include two permanent public mosaic artworks at the MSP Airport, opening February 2021 as well as 122 Conversations currently installed in MSP airport Terminal 2 2019- 2022; Turn Up the Turn Out – a cohort of 22 artists dedicated to the promotion of voting and voting registration in Minnesota, 2020; an outdoor installation in Berlin, Germany – June 2021; a public art commission at the Redleaf Center For Family Healing, a site-specific participatory work, opening 2021; the I Love You Institute, a community-based art project supported by a Springboard for the Arts community grant; appointment as the Artist in Residence at Art In Motion, in Holdingford, Minn., (2020-2021) with an exhibition in Spring 2021; a solo exhibition at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minn., fall 2022.

#LSN_CircleTour #LSN_MNNews

Print

Sign up for our Arts Around Lake Superior Newsletter

Follow LSN on Twitter

Latest Arts News

Events Calendar Arts

«June 2021»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
303112345
67891011
  • Magnus Theatre Presents Stolen, Azhen
    Magnus Theatre Presents Stolen, Azhen

    Magnus Theatre Presents Stolen, Azhen

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  June 10, 2021  (LSN)  What does reconciliation look like in Canada today? That’s the idea behind Magnus Theatre’s upcoming student-led Collective Creation Project. The Collective Creation Project is an annual cooperative effort between Magnus Theatre and local high school students from across the city to create a play around a relevant social issue. Students are guided by professional theatre staff in all aspects of creation, including writing, staging, and performance.

    #LSN_TBay  #LSN_Arts 
     

    Read more
12
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930123
45678910

Latest News

Art Exhibit Underway At Lakeshore State Park

In Milwaukee

Robert McKenzie 0 104 Article rating: No rating

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ June 23, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the installation is complete on the first-ever temporary public art project at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee. The flock of swallow sculptures titled "REbirth" is sponsored by the Milwaukee-based Black Box Fund in partnership with the Friends of Lakeshore State Park (FLSP).

#LSN_WiscNews 

DNR And Partners Team Up To Improve 2,000 Acres Of Pollinator Habitat

In Southwestern Wisconsin

Robert McKenzie 0 187 Article rating: No rating

MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~  June 23, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Driftless Area Land Conservancy are teaming up to improve nearly 2,000 acres of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in southwestern Wisconsin. Federally endangered rusty patched bumble bees, monarch butterflies, regal fritillary butterflies and other at-risk pollinators will benefit from the work.

#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_WiscNews

Lake Carriers’ to Recognize Chippewa County Health Department

Robert McKenzie 0 794 Article rating: No rating

SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  June 9, 2021  (LSN)  The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet began the process of readying their vessels for the shipping season on March 24, 2021 amid a global pandemic.  COVID-19 cases were still surging but the promise of a safer year sparkled with increases in vaccine availability.  Unfortunately, many Great Lakes sailors did not have an opportunity to receive the vaccine in their home state before they needed to report for their essential work. 

#LSN_Health  #LSN_Shipping 

 

Protect Turtles On The Move

Build A Nest Cage, Report Crossing Hotspots, Slow Down Near Wetlands

Robert McKenzie 0 1191 Article rating: No rating

MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~~   May 26, 2021  (LSN)  With turtle nesting season soon underway, state conservation biologists and highway officials are joining forces to encourage Wisconsinites to hatch a brighter future for slow-moving, slow-growing turtles by taking a few simple steps. 

#LSN_Outdoors #LSN_circletour #LSN_WiscNews

Ontario Supports Chippewa Park Family Festival

From Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Robert McKenzie 0 1444 Article rating: No rating

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~   May 22, 2021 (LSN)  Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced today that The Friends of Chippewa Park will be provided with $50,000 towards the marketing of their five day, free to all, Family Festival now scheduled for July 28 to Aug 1, 2022.

#LSN_CircleTour #LSN_TBay  #LSN_Outdoors 

WISCONSIN SEA GRANT

Study will examine effects of reduced ice coverage on Great Lakes marine transportation

Robert McKenzie 0 810 Article rating: 5.0

MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~~  May 18, 2021  (LSN)  A preponderance of climate studies on the Great Lakes predict a trend toward reduced ice cover. Ice is expected to form later and melt earlier. With Wisconsin Sea Grant funding, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) are looking into how this might impact the shipping industry on the Great Lakes.

#LSN_Shipping 

 

2021 Live from the Rock Folk Festival Cancelled in Response to Pandemic

Robert McKenzie 0 1420 Article rating: No rating

NORTHERN, ONTARIO   ~~~~~  May 18, 2021  (LSN)  In response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the Live from the Rock Blues & Folk Society board of directors has once again decided to cancel its annual three-day Live from the Rock Folk Festival as it would normally be held each year.

#LSN_Arts 

Very High Fire Danger Across Wisconsin

James Brown 0 1550 Article rating: No rating

MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~~~  May 14, 2021  (LSN)  The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to stay vigilant and avoid burning because of very high fire danger across Wisconsin, particularly in the northern two-thirds of the state.

The increased fire danger is due to the low relative humidities expected across the state, with the lowest values expected across northern Wisconsin. Temperatures will be warm and the air over Wisconsin will be dry, which are weather conditions that aid in the spread of fires.

#LSN_Fire #LSN_WiscNews #LSN_Outdoors

BOOMER’S DRIVE-IN THEATRE RETURNING THIS SUMMER

Outdoor movies on the Murillo Fairground

Robert McKenzie 0 1959 Article rating: No rating

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~  May 13, 2021 (LSN)  Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment is thrilled to announce that outdoor movies will return this summer with Boomer’s Drive-In on the Murillo Fairgrounds.  The opening date is still to be determined pending the provincial restrictions that currently remain in place.   

#LSN_Arts 

Superior program, Project SEARCH

graduating Friday, June 4th

Robert McKenzie 0 834 Article rating: No rating

SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   ~~~~~~~   May 11, 2021  (LSN)  The first group of student interns in the new Superior program, Project SEARCH, will be graduating Friday, June 4th and setting forth into the work world. We will have a short ceremony to recognize all the hard work and achievements the interns have put in this year, as well as recognition for the businesses of Superior who partnered with us. After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided for family, friends, and partners to enjoy the last day of the program, until next year.

#LSN_WiscNews

1345678910Last

Sign up for our Arts Around Lake Superior Newsletter

Lake Superior News
Grand Portage Minnesota

Lake Superior Media

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northern Ontario
 

Send Media Releases to:
News@LakeSuperiornews.com

Lake Superior News

Thunder Bay, Ontario
 

News@LakeSuperiornews.com

 

    You Tube Lake Superior News   Twitter Lake Superior New  Face Book Lake Superior News

Website Powered by DNN 4 Less

Copyright 2007 ~ 2021 Lake Superior Media.
Back To Top