A new sculpture created by Arlon Bayliss, professor of Art at Anderson University, and artist Mary Jo Kramb Bayliss will be permanently featured when the new Indianapolis International Airport opens on November 12, 2008. The collaborative creation, a glass wall entitled “Flightwave,” is located in the heart of the new airport on the east side of the Civic Plaza within the facility.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to create a piece for the new Indianapolis Airport. It’s certainly an honor. I can’t wait to show it to my students. I also loved collaborating with Mary Jo. It improved the work. I can’t wait for the next project we’ll do together,” said Bayliss.
“I am delighted that Prof. Bayliss' glass sculpture will be permanently featured in such an important facility as the new airport terminal in Indianapolis. This work will be seen by countless numbers of people from around the world who make their way through the airport, and it is sure to have a significant impact on their travel experience and their impressions of Indianapolis. This accomplishment speaks to the high level of artistry embodied in our art and design faculty, and to the wonderful education they provide for our students here at Anderson University. We are all celebrating this amazing accomplishment,” said Dr. Jeffrey Wright, dean of the College of the Arts.
The glass wall separates screened from unscreened passengers and incorporates simplified chevron shapes made from dichroic glass to resemble a flock of sparkling birds. These elements create delicately colored light as both natural and artificial light plays across them, and the colors shift and change as viewers pass the wall. The imagery calls to mind the joy and freedom inherent in experiencing flight.
Bayliss received his B.A. in Ceramics (1st class with honors) from Bristol Polytechnic in England in 1978 and his M.A. in Glass from the Royal College of Art in 1981. As an independent artist in England, he designed glass for Rosenthal Glas und Porzellan in Germany, for E.O.S. Toscany in Italy, for Stephens and Williams Royal Brierly Crystal and Wedgwood Glass in England, and at the Snogebaek Glashytte in Denmark. Since 1990 Bayliss has been a professor of art and the director of the glass program at Anderson University.
Mary Jo Kramb Bayliss was born in Ventura, California in 1962; however, she grew up on the East Coast. She received her BFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995, and her MFA in sculpture from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999. She has shown her work in South America and across the United States. Her three sons are Matthew (23), Daniel (22) and Sam (15).
Bayliss’ public projects include sculptures for Anderson University, the City of Anderson and the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library in Indianapolis. In 1993 he designed the annual Governor's Arts Award for the state of Indiana. Bayliss is an elected Diploma Member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.