Arts in the Airport

Artists: click here for information about the current call (deadline of Sunday, March 4, 2018).

Click here for information on the current exhibition of works, on display October 26, 2017 – April 11, 2018.

To purchase works in the current exhibition, please visit or contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543.

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 comprise each 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.

View past exhibitions:
Spring-Summer 2017 exhibition (Juror: Terri Jordan)
Fall 2016 – Winter 2017 exhibition (Jurors: Kelly Hider and Bill May)
Spring-Summer 2016 exhibition (Juror: Terri Jordan)
Fall 2015 – Winter 2016 exhibition (Juror: Stephen Wicks)
Spring – Summer 2015 exhibition (Juror: Dorothy Habel)
Fall 2014 – Winter 2015 exhibition (Juror: Joshua Bienko)
Spring – Summer 2014 exhibition (Juror: Jeffrey Morton)
Fall 2013 – Winter 2014 exhibition (Juror: Jeffrey Morton)
Spring-Summer 2013 exhibition (Juror: Dorothy Habel)
Fall 2012 – Winter 2013 exhibition (Juror: Dorothy Habel)
Spring-Summer 2012 exhibition (Juror: Dorothy Habel)
Fall 2011 – Winter 2012 exhibition (Juror: Dorothy Habel)
Spring – Summer 2011 exhibition (Juror: Stephen Wicks)
Fall 2010 – Winter 2011 exhibition (Juror: Stephen Wicks)
Spring – Summer 2010 exhibition (Juror: Stephen Wicks)
Fall 2009 – Winter 2010 exhibition (Juror: Stephen Wicks)
Spring – Summer 2009 exhibition (Juror: Stephen Wicks)


“We usually get there [the airport] early so we can spend some extra time enjoying the exhibition.”
Phone call from an artist residing in Florida on May 2, 2016

“This exhibition is a nice mix. It’s an honest show… so accessible to visitors!”
Phone call from an artist residing in Colorado on August 17, 2015

“Nicely done exhibit at McGhee Tyson! (I’m writing to you from the airport.) Great to see local talent exposed to a larger audience.”
E-mail message received January 9, 2015

“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

“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

“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

Vist the McGhee Tyson Airport’s website for additional information on the exhibition and the artists:

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