The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) present a semi-annual 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 and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint for six months at a time. Approximately 35-40 works typically comprise the exhibition. Work is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, artists and their guests may view the exhibition during the opening reception and by appointment with the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. To make an appointment, contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.
"The exhibition is very well done... It shows a tremendous diversity of art and makes a very positive statement about art in our community."
E-mail message received May 10, 2013 from an artist
Spring-Summer 2013 exhibition
Fall 2012 - Winter 2013 exhibition
Spring-Summer 2012 exhibition
Fall 2011 - Winter 2012 exhibition
Spring - Summer 2011 exhibition
Fall 2010 - Winter 2011 exhibition
Spring - Summer 2010 exhibition
Fall 2009 - Winter 2010 exhibition
Spring - Summer 2009 exhibition
Vist the McGhee Tyson Airport's website for additional information on the exhibition and the artists: www.tys.org.
“I always enjoy the art at the airport and have been inspired by it all to participate this time."
E-mail message received March 26, 2013 from an artist
"Thank you all very much for the GREAT art display at McGhee Tyson Airport. I travel through this airport a number of times each year and enjoy the exhibit of local artists.”
E-mail message received June 6, 2012
“This is a really nice collection of art this time at the airport. It’s probably the best overall collection I’ve seen, and some are pretty marvelous. I just wanted to compliment you on the selection. All of the business travelers are coming by, looking at the artwork, and I’m sure they get the sense Knoxville is a prosperous city that supports the arts. It gives a really good impression of the place!”
Phone message received May 18, 2011
“This is Julie F. and I just saw your show “Arts in the Airport”. I wanted to let you know it is one of the finest exhibitions of talent and art I’ve ever seen, especially in an airport... it speaks so highly of what Knoxville really is. I’m from St. Louis and an artist, and I know what art can do. It’s just a remarkable show of talent!”
Phone message received October 4, 2010
For more information, or to inquire about purchasing a piece, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.