Art

Flying this week? Look for this airport art

Cool Clay exhibit at Denver International Airport

Artist: Dean Goss

We’re not sure how we missed the announcement of this cool exhibit at Denver International Airport (DEN). But if you’re passing through DEN this month, be sure to take a moment to visit the Colorado Clay exhibit near the A-Bridge checkpoint.

Visual Artists at Work at IAH & HOU Airports

Houston Airports owns one of the country’s largest public art collections. Now it has an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program.

During a three-month-long residency, visual artist and educator Jaymes Earl will work with textiles at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Visual Artist and educator Mathieu JN Baptiste will paint at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

Houston Airports will provide each artist with an easel, a workstation, and a monthly stipend to cover their art supplies. And the traveling public will get to see artists at work. Both artists will be working in prominent spots in the airport and, to maximize interaction with travelers, they’ll be doing much of their work in the evenings and during weekends.

“As air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and with these artists in the airports during the holidays, our travelers will have an extraordinary experience to enjoy art and culture without ever having to leave the airport,” said Alton DuLaney, Curator of Public Art for Houston Airports.

Fresh art at Albany Int’l Airport

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New York’s Albany International Airport (ALB) is getting ready to debut a new exhibition.

The sculptures and prints in the Lumen exhibition are by Shaina Gates, Heather Hutchison, and Ben Godward. And all the works in the exhibition are engaged with or activated by light.

“Visitors will experience shifts in the dimension and character of the artwork as sunlight and weather change over the course of a day or a season,” said Kathy Greenwood, Director of the Airport’s Art & Culture Program. “Each artist harnesses light and color through complex and somewhat mysterious processes.”

Assemblies of small, gem-like sculptures by Shaina Gates are made from expired black and white photographic sheet film.

The range of hues results from sun exposure and a host of chemical and chance conditions.


Ben Godward’s hand-pigmented resin sculptures are composed of translucent layers of brilliant color.


In the presence of light, these sculpture project radiant effects on the surfaces around them.


And Heather Hutchison’s minimal forms contain meticulously constructed optical shifts that are produced with layers of transparent and opaque materials conditions.

Lumen will be on display in the Albany International Airport Gallery, located pre-security on the third floor of the terminal, from September 24, 2022, through February 27, 2023. Hours: 7 am – 10 pm daily.

Fresh art at LAX Airport

Your Body Is A Space That Sees” by Lia Halloran. Photo by SKA Studios LLC

Passengers traveling to or from Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will see some new art in the terminals, courtesy of the airport’s partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

You Body is a Space That Sees

Your Body is a Space That Sees” is by Los Angeles artist Lia Halloran and includes cyanotype images inspired by women’s contributions to science. Cyanotype is an early photographic printing process, invented in 1842, that creates blue “echoes” of the original image.

These pieces are part of a 40-part series that recalls telescopic views of the night sky first captured in photographic emulsion on glass plates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The images honor the discoveries of the Harvard Computers, who were a women who worked to process data collected by the Harvard College Observatory. The team developed a way to measure distance in space and created the star-classification system on which our current system is based.

Look for this work in the Terminal 2, Level 3 Hallway through Fall 2024.

Just What is Your Position

“Just What Is Your Position” by Renée Petropoulos. Photo by SKA Studios LLC.

“Just What Is Your Position” by Renée Petropoulos is now a permanent feature in the new Terminal 2/3 ticket lobby. The large-scale abstract painting was originally commissioned for the Fox Studio Lot and is made of acrylic on plywood panels. At 20-feet high by 38-feet long it will be hard to miss.

Little Wing

“Little Wing”by Krysten Cunningham is a site-specific, three-dimensional wall drawing made with white rope against a sky-blue painted wall. Look for this work in the Terminal 2, Level 3 lobby.

“Little Wing” by Krysten Cunningham. Photo by SKA Studios LLC

A Universal Shudder

A Universal Shudder” by Eve Fowler. Photo by SKA Studios LLC

And you’ll find “A Universal Shudder” by Eve Fowler, in the baggage claim level of Terminal 2.

This set of four site-specific murals uses phrases from author Gertrude Stein’s book of poetry “Tender Buttons.”

All images courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

First Nations Welcome Figure lands at Vancouver Int’l Airport

‘The Story of Frog Woman and Raven,” by Dempsey Bob, courtesy Vancouver Airport Authority

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is well-known for its impressive art program featuring the work of many First Nations people.

Throughout and around the airport, passengers see art that draws on and invokes the themes of land, sea and sky. 

This week, the Vancouver Airport Authority righted a past cultural wrong in the airport art program by installing a new Musquem Indian Band welcome figure near the International Arrivals Area, in Chester Johnson Park.

The newly raised welcome figure, carved by ʔəy̓xʷatələq (Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow), is visible when you exit YVR’s International Terminal and is in a spot significant to Musqueam culture.

Courtesy Vancouver Airport Authority

Musqueam are the original stewards of Sea Island, which is the land where the airport is now located. And, per an agreement made between the airport and the Musqueam in 2017, the Indigenous artworks at the airport and on Sea Island are to be created by Musqueam, reflect their culture and tradition, or be approved by the Musqueam.

That’s why the airport also moved three traditional Gitxsan poles from the airport to a nearby park.

The poles were created in 1970 by Gitxsan hereditary chiefs and students, and have been on loan to YVR from the Museum of Vancouver since 1995. The poles at YVR predate the airport’s agreement with Musqueam and were moved because, while Indigenous artwork, they do not represent the Musqueam, whose land they were on.

Airport news from Miami and Albany Int’l Airports

Flying somewhere this week?

If you are, it’s a good bet you may find yourself stuck at the airport somewhere longer than you intended.

But we’re here to keep you up-to-date on some of the on-the-ground amenities that might keep you informed and entertained.

Miami Int’l Airport has a LEGO Store

Salt Lake City International Aiport (SLC) was the first US airport to have a LEGO store. one. And now Miami International Airport (MIA) has one too.

MIA’s 742-square-foot LEGO® store opened in May and is located near gate D14. Hours: daily from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Planting Utopia at Albany International Airport (ALB)

New York’s Albany International Airport (ALB) and its neighbor, the Shaker Heritage Society are jointly presenting work by artist Julia Whitney Barnes.

Barnes spent a year photographing and collecting specimens from over 150 plants growing in the Sharker Heritage Society’s herb garden, which is on the site of the first Shaker settlement in the United States.

The herb garden, and historic Shaker ‘gift’ or ‘spirit’ drawings, are the inspiration for the images and prints Barnes created during her year-long project going on view at Albany International Airport on July 16. There’s also a companion site-specific installation at the Shaker Heritage Society, which is a short walk from the airport.

At the Shaker Heritage Society’s 1856 Drying House, Barnes’ installation includes temporary murals on the exterior of the historic brick building. The images are stark blue and white silhouettes of herbs in bloom climbing the outside of the red brick walls. Inside, there are prints on fabric and hanging bunches of herbs from the garden. The murals and the installation will remain on view through summer 2023.

For the installation at Albany International Airport, Barnes made eight cyanotype paintings on paper with plants collected from the Shaker herb garden. (Cyanotype is an old photographic printing process that creates dark greenish-blue prints.)

These paintings are reproduced on aluminum panels that will be on view for three to five years in the pedestrian corridor linking the new south parking garage with the ticketing area.

On July 16, ALB Airport will also debut a six-month-long exhibition, called Planting Utopia, in the post-security Concourse A Gallery with artwork, preparatory sketches, and a documentary video about the collaboration.

(All images courtesy Albany International Airport)