Artist to Paint at DCA Baggage Claim for Black History Month

by ARLnow.com February 4, 2013 at 11:05 am 10 Comments

Morgan Monceaux (photo via MWAA)On Wednesday, Reagan National Airport will host an artist who will create a new work of art as students and travelers watch.

In honor of Black History Month, Baltimore-based artist/historian Morgan Monceaux will work on a new original painting for his Negro Baseball League series. Art students from Howard University will be on hand to watch and talk with the artist.

“While working on his new art series, Monceaux will explain his creative process in choosing subjects, developing materials, art media and finalizing the portrait for display,” according to a press release. “He also will answer questions from the audience.”

The art event is taking place on Wednesday (Feb. 6), at DCA’s baggage claim area, near door #4. Travelers will be able to witness the art creation as they retrieve their luggage.

The event is being sponsored by the Airports Authority Arts Program, which underwrites art and performances at Reagan National and Dulles International airpots.

Paintings from Monceaux’s “Hail to the Chiefs” series is currently on display at Reagan National. The series, which is on display through Feb. 28, features portraits of U.S. presidents and their wives.

Photo via Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

  • John Fontain

    At the risk of sounding rude, I think his art looks like what I’d expect to be produced by the upper grades at an elementary school.


    • Hee-Haw

      I respectfully disagree. I think his pieces are unique and more detailed than a first glance indicates.

    • drax

      Read his bio.

  • South Side Chris

    It’s not to my taste but I certainly can’t do better than he did. I can barely paint a wall.

  • Garden City

    I like what I see on his web site. After all, Howard Finster is one of my favorites, and no one would ever mistake him for a Renaissance master.

  • Hard To Imagine

    Hard to imagine someone getting up one morning and saying by golly having a artist working in the baggage claim area is the answer ??

    • DCBuff

      “Hard to imagine someone…saying…having a artist working in the baggage claim area is the answer” What was the question?

      • Hard To Imagine

        “What was the question?”

        I’ll have to get back to you on that……it has kind of slipped my mind at the moment.

  • YTK

    Hope he paints at least one picture of Mamie Peanut Johnson, Negro Leagues pitcher with a 33-8 record

  • Rory

    His next project will be in the men’s room at Union Station


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