Knoxville, Tennessee – 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 45 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 selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 17 - October 8, 2014. 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 Jeffrey Morton, Professor of Art at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, provided this statement about the exhibition: “At times an encounter with an art work is similar to an encounter with someone from our distant past. We have a vague recognition that we know that person, but the reality is we do so only in our memory, always uncertain if our memory is clear or not. In this sense artworks function like far off relatives or friends - they represent pieces of our memory of things we have seen, or things we have experienced, but they do so at arms length. While we look at a work of art wondering if we have seen that thing before, the works in this exhibition help us recall those memories of people, places and things we think we cherish and love.”
“The Arts in the Airport program has allowed the airport to showcase some of the region’s most talented artists, and this new exhibition is no exception,” said Howard Vogel, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “It is a great honor to continue to provide East Tennessee travelers with artwork that is inspirational and reflective of our region’s culture.”
The following artists’ works will be on display through October 8:
- Sheila Chesanow of Athens
- Gaye Smith of Deer Lodge
- Beverly Thomas Jenkins of Jonesborough
- Melinda Adams, Neranza Noel Blount, Deborah Bowen, Jennifer Brickey, Bruce Bunting, Bobbie Crews, Nick DeFord, Marcia Goldenstein, William Goolsby, Kelly Grzasko, Marjorie Holbert, Chris Hornsby, Adam Patrick Daniel Hutsell, John Letterman, Jodie Masterman, Kate McCullough, Tom McDaniel, Brian Murray, Jane S Nickels, Jessica Payne, Dick Penner, Elizabeth Porter, Julie L. Rabun, Rick Roth, Summer Smith, Emily Taylor, Marilyn Avery Turner, Bonnie J. Vetterick, and Richard Whitehead of Knoxville
- Jim Parris of Lenoir City
- Lil Clinard of Loudon
- Deede Edele, Annamaria Gundlach, James Hughes, Karin Kretschmann Lubart, and Rachel K. Turner of Maryville
- Bill Long of Morristown + John Yandall of Murfreesboro
- Gay Bryant of Oak Ridge
- Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill
- Pat Clapsaddle and Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel
A gallery of images may be viewed at http://www.knoxalliance.com/album/airport_spring14.html. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543. 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.
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.
Contact: Suzanne Cada
PO Box 2506
Knoxville, TN 37901
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