Arts in the Airport Entry Information

Arts in the Airport Exhibition | Celebrating McGhee Tyson Airport’s 80th Anniversary
Entries due by midnight on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
On display October 26, 2017 – April 18, 2018 at McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN
Fill out the entry form at the bottom of the page, or download the application (PDF).

Statement of Purpose
For the past nine years, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) have partnered to present a biannual exhibition entitled “Arts in the Airport”. This juried exhibition was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork.

Special Theme
Beginning on October 15, 2017, McGhee Tyson Airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary. In conjunction with this anniversary milestone, Arts in the Airport welcomes works that have been inspired by the past 80 years of progress within our community. Whether works of art are inspired by progress seen in aviation, transportation, or travel, this Arts in the Airport Exhibit will be one of the events that the Airport Authority highlights in its year-long anniversary campaign: “Celebrating 80 Years in 80 Ways.” More information about McGhee Tyson Airport can be found at

About the Exhibition Space
Approximately 40-45 works will comprise the exhibition. Work is displayed on eight 8’ x 8’ walls and in five display cases in the secured area behind the security gate checkpoint at the airport, and it is available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. However, artists and their guests may view the exhibition during the opening reception/awards ceremony and by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) staff. The concourse windows near the exhibition space have 3M Window Films which reduce the effects of solar heat and visible light on furnishings and will block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

John Douglas Powers was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1978. His sculptural work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, The Telfair Museum of Art, The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The Alexander Brest Museum, The Masur Museum, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Vero Beach Museum of Art and Cue Art Foundation. His videos and animations have been screened internationally. Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned his MFA in sculpture, with distinction, at the University of Georgia. His work has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Virginia A Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville and is Associate Professor of Sculpture at The University of Tennessee.

A $500 Best of Show and two Awards of Merit of $250 each will be given as designated by the juror, whose decision is final.

Sales & Commission
Every effort is made to promote sales, including via an online shop at Work must be for sale and will remain on exhibition if it sells. All sales are handled by the Arts & Culture Alliance. A 25% commission (20% for cash/check sales) will be split between McGhee Tyson Airport and the Arts & Culture Alliance. To operate in accordance with the Tennessee Department of Revenue guidelines, the Alliance will add sales tax to the price of each work that sells from the airport and for which it collects payment.

Eligibility and Size Requirements
This exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.

Entries must be original works in the following categories: Painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, digital, and mixed media); Graphic Arts (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, conte, colored pencil, and printmaking); Photography (color, black and white, digital); 3‐D (hanging or free‐standing: sculpture, ceramic, fibers, etc); and Fine Craft Objects (basketry, weaving, etc). Giclees are ineligible.

+ 2-D Works: The maximum allowed size is 60” x 60” in any direction including frame or stand. Weight is not to exceed 50 lbs. WORKS MUST BE SUITABLY FRAMED/MOUNTED AND WIRED FOR INSTALLATION. CANVAS EDGES MUST BE FINISHED. These requirements are included because work is hanging in an area of high traffic for six months.

+ 3-D Works: Five display cases are available for free-standing works: four are 20” cubed and one is 26” cubed. The display cases sit on pedestals 40” tall. WORK SHOULD BE ABLE TO STAND SECURELY IN THE CASE AS IT IS DISPLAYED IN AN AREA OF HIGH TRAFFIC FOR SIX MONTHS.

Entry Procedure
The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (FREE for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance. Annual membership information and benefits are available at Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital image only.

Each 2-D work should be represented by one digital image with an additional detail image if appropriate (texture, surface embellishment, mixed media, etc.); each 3-D work may be represented by up to three separate digital images. Send digital images as JPG files, identifying image with entry form number (A-E) and title of work (example: A.Title.jpg). Image size is ideally 1600 pixels on the longest side.

Application may be filled out online; OR, paper application may be mailed, faxed (865-523-7312), or e-mailed to
Images may be sent on CD/flash drive or via e-mail.
Entry fees may be paid by check or credit card below.
Application, images and fees must be received by midnight on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
All artists will receive a confirmation of their received entry when it has been processed.

Assemble: Digital images, completed entry form, and entry fee (if applicable)

Mailing address: Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901 | Attn: ARTS IN THE AIRPORT

Deliver accepted artwork to: Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport*, 2055 Alcoa Highway, Alcoa, TN 37701
*Detailed directions will be given prior to delivery date.

2017-2018 Schedule
Entry forms, images, and fees received in Arts & Culture Alliance office by: midnight on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Acceptance notification sent: Tuesday, September 26
Hand delivery date to the airport: Thursday, October 26, between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Exhibition installed / opens to the public: Thursday, October 26
Reception and Awards Ceremony: TBA
Last day of exhibition: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Pick-up work from the airport: Thursday, April 19, 2018, between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
**No work is released before the end of the show.

Receipt of the completed form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in the prospectus. The Arts & Culture Alliance provides $10,000 insurance for the entire exhibition. Unclaimed hand-delivered work is not insured after the posted pick-up date. Artists whose works are accepted for exhibition will be requested to submit a photograph and resume/biography upon notification of acceptance. The Alliance and the Airport reserve the right to use artist information and images for exhibition, publicizing the event, and/or on the Web sites at,, and Consent to reproduce works photographically is assumed to be granted unless stated otherwise.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission:

Please click the blue button below to pay the $30 entry fee (if you are not a current member). If you prefer to pay by check, please mail payment to: Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901.

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