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Metro’s Art Program Features Photographic Portraits at Union Station of Women Working at Metro

Friday March 08, 2019

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is featuring Metro female employees in a variety of professions through a series of photographic portraits now on display at Union Station.

Metro’s Art Program entitled Forward Motion is an exhibition featuring the powerful and imaginative photography of artist Michele Asselin. The artwork is on display in the Union Station passageway as part of National Women’s History Month and will remain through August. 

“This exciting photo exhibit illustrates the important work being done by women in helping residents get around the County every day,” said Metro Board Chair Sheila Kuehl. “These photos of many of our talented and hard-working women will be seen by tens of thousands of commuters as they travel through Union Station and I hope they will inspire significant numbers of other women to join Metro’s workforce.” 

Among the luminous portraits Asselin captured are an urban planner, mechanic, bus operator, rail security officer and other professions that women have found in the transportation industry. The artist found inspiration in the personal and professional stories that drew her subjects to working in the public transportation industry.

“With Forward Motion, I wanted to highlight the women of Metro as well as the environments in which they work,” Asselin said. “My hope is that the Metro patrons who experience these artworks will understand these women to be guides, guardians, and builders of Los Angeles.”

Michele Asselin is best known for her photographic portraiture focusing on individual identities within larger social constructs. Her past work includes a series of portraits of domestic workers and a series of photographs about the loss of Hollywood Park Race Track.

Commissioned by Metro Art, Forward Motion features members of the inaugural Women and Girls Governing Council created by Metro’s Office of the CEO. The Council is tasked with exploring ways Metro can achieve a more gender-balanced workforce, accelerating career advancement for women and improving mobility for female ridership.   

“More and more women are being introduced to a world they may not have seen as a real possibility,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “We’re providing women with training and support that move beyond traditional careers.”  

Forward Motion related programming will take place through fall 2019 and will include a panel discussion with Asselin and a series of exhibition tours. For more details as they are announced, and other Metro Art activities and events, please subscribe to Metro’s Art email list by visiting metro.net/art/events.

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines.  The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.                                                                                         

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