Arts in the Airport

October 15, 2015 – March 9, 2016
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and Arts & Culture Alliance Present “Arts in the Airport”

Work by Eric Buechel

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 31 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 contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint.

Please note: the exhibition 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 Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.

Juror Stephen Wicks, the Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art, provided this statement about the exhibition: “I juried this show several years ago and am impressed by how much stronger the pool of entries was compared to earlier years. Photography and mixed media work were especially well-represented. While several artists in this show use digital tools in the making of their work, I was very impressed by the high level of craftsmanship evident in the making of each object. This exhibition attests to the fact that the Arts in the Airport exhibitions are attracting an ever-increasing pool of talented artists from East Tennessee and giving their work a chance to be seen by an international audience.”

Work by Skye Livingston

The following artists’ works are on display: Demetrios Balderes, Jr., Mark Bender, Eric Buechel, Bill Capshaw, Laura Cottrell, Bobbie Crews, Yvonne Dalschen, Katharine M. Emlen, Delia Foster, Julia Gartrell, Marcia Goldenstein, Carl Gombert, Joyce Gralak, LeAnne Harrington, Kelly Hider, Ryan Hoover, Hawa Ware Johnson, Peggy K. Leland, Skye Livingston, Brandon T.  Lutterman, John Edwin May, Brian Pittman, Mary Ruden, Holly Senter, Wayne Setser, Gaye Smith, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Robin Surber, Emily Taylor, Eric Theodore, and Richardson Turner.

Congratulations to the following artists, who received cash awards:
+ Best of Show ($500) – Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill for Each Morning Sees The First Task To Be Done (Air- & hand-brush work on canvas)
+ Award of Merit ($250) – Skye Livingston of Gatlinburg for Tea Box (paper sculpture)
+ Award of Merit ($250) – Denise Stewart-Sanabria of Knoxville for #130 Classic Coral Cream Glitter (oil on panel)

Stewart-SanabriaWork by Denise Stewart-Sanabria

Most works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.

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