Airport art: definitely worth a look

Next time you’re at the airport, take a moment to look around. Not just at all the shops, restaurants and harried holiday travelers, but at all the really great art.

(Photo: From Inside Track exhibit; courtesy San Francisco International Airport)

In addition to some truly wonderful – and valuable – collections of permanent and site-specific art, many U.S. airports offer ambitious rotating schedules of art, history and cultural exhibitions as intriguing as anything you’ll find in town.

And this time of year, who has time to go into town anyway?

For a preview of some fun stuff currently on view in the nation’s airports take a look at my “At the Airport” column posted today in USAToday.com: Airport round-up: Best exhibits at a terminal near you. There’s a great slide show accompanying the column, but here are few extra images we didn’t have room for.

From the Stitchalicious exhibit of “sweets” made from felt, brillo pads and other non-edibles by Mindy Sue Meyers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

(Photo courtesy Phoenix Airport Museum).

This Beech Nut Circus Wagon, is one of the “jaw-dropping and wondrous” objects from 25 regional museums on display at New York’s Albany International Airport.

(Photo courtesy – New York State Museum)