Anitra Blayton

Many fascinating sculptures can be found throughout Dallas-Fort Worth Airport that move and inspire daily travelers. NW sculpture and drawing professor Anitra Blayton is one contributor of those pieces.

The 17-foot resin and steel sculpture, Standing Ovation, is located near the international gates in the ticketing area of Terminal D. Filled with almost 2,000 hands posed in applause, the site-specific work is a celebration of goodwill that invites the visitor to “bring it with you when you come and take it with you when you go.”

Blayton began building large sculptures in 1998, which she said can take a couple of years to complete.

“My work is socially engaging,” she said. “My installations are community-sensitive and pedagogical in nature.”

Blayton also has sculptures at the Dallas Zoo and the Kidd Springs Park in the northern Oak Cliff area of Dallas.

Her current project is a public art master plan for Lake Como Park in Fort Worth, which requires other local artists.

“It will mark individual areas of the environment and infrastructure issues of the park,” she said.

Aside from her high-profile work, Blayton teaches Sculpture I and II, Drawing I and II, Life Drawing I and II and Design II on NW Campus.

Blayton said she enjoys being attached to society because it keeps her exposed to the public.

“I have a better bridge with my students because I am connected to the community,” she said.

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