Arts in the Airport Entry Information

Arts in the Airport Exhibition – Entries due by midnight on Sunday, March 12, 2017
On display April 27 – October 18, 2017 at McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN
Click here to access the entry form at bottom of page.

Statement of Purpose
For the past eight 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.

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.

Terri Jordan has been working in and with the arts for more than 20 years. She is the exhibits curator of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN, as well as a fine artist working in oils and acrylics. Ms. Jordan has been involved with nonprofit arts organizations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Cumberland Arts League and the Tennessee Art League. Her narrative figurative paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the country. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and is in collections from New York to California, Italy and England.

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. Work must be for sale. All sales are handled by the Arts & Culture Alliance. A 20% commission 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
Artwork may not have previously exhibited at the Emporium Center. 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 may be represented by one digital image, and each 3-D work may be represented by up to three separate digital images: two full views and one detail view. Send digital images as JPG files, identifying image with entry form number (A-E) and title of work (example: A.Title.jpg).

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 or via e-mail.
Entry fees may be paid by check or via credit card (Stripe) below.
Application, images and fees must be received by midnight on Sunday, March 12, 2017.
All artists will receive a confirmation of their received entry when it has been processed.

Assemble: CD of 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 Schedule
Entry forms, images, and fees received in Arts & Culture Alliance office by: midnight on Sunday, March 12, 2017
Acceptance notification sent: Thursday, March 30
Hand delivery date to the airport: Thursday, April 27, between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Exhibition installed / opens to the public: Thursday, April 27
Reception and Awards Ceremony: TBA
Last day of exhibition: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Pick-up work from the airport: Thursday, October 19, 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 website. 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 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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