Arts in the Airport 15th Exhibition

March 31 – September 21, 2016

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville are pleased to present “Arts in the Airport”, a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from 40 artists in the East Tennessee region. “Arts in the Airport” was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The current exhibition features works celebrating “The Smoky Mountain Air Show” (April 16-17) and the City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary. The contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint through September 21, 2016.

View of gallery of images.

The following artists’ works is on display: Ann Allison-Cote’, Kate Aubrey, Booder Barnes, Scott Bennett, Mike C. Berry, Neranza Noel Blount, Joe Bracco, Jennifer Brickey, Eric Buechel, Bill Capshaw, Sheila Chesanow, Yvonne Dalschen, Jürgen Dopatka, Alan Finch, Connie Gaertner, William Goolsby, Dawn Hawkins, Laurel Haynes, Kathy Holland, Brian Horais, Kathleen Kinney, Inna Nasonova Knox, Greg Lach, Peggy Kretchmar Leland, Shelley Mangold, Renee Manning, Marty McConnaughey, Brian Murray, Mike Naney, Joseph Clay Pardue, Martha Carroll Robbins, Chris Rohwer, Phil Savage, Michael Shuemaker, Alex Smith, Jenny Snead, Daniel Taylor, Marilyn Avery Turner, Lida Rice Waugh, and Carl Whitten.

Congratulations to the following artists, who received cash awards:
Best of Show ($500) – Michael Shuemaker of Knoxville for FOX GREEN – 6 June 1944 (Pen & Ink on paper)
Award of Merit ($250) – Booder Barnes of Knoxville for Crow (Fired Clay-Pitfire smoke finish, rebar & fork tines)
Award of Merit ($250) – Peggy Kretchmar Leland of Knoxville for Over and Above (Encaustic & mixed media)
Honorable Mention – Eric Buechel of Crossville for The Airshow (Oil on Canvas)
Honorable Mention – Alex Smith of Knoxville for West Jackson (oil on Canvas)

Juror Terri Jordan of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville provided this statement about the exhibition: “I first look for works that have a pleasing composition; that draw me in. I then look at technique, and if there is a sense of flow or movement. I feel that my selections are strong representations to their mediums. It was a pleasure to be able to see the show installed and how well the themes fit together.  East Tennessee has some very talented artists.”

Please note: the exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, visitors may view the exhibition by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.

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