Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Guitars at Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport

A cool new exhibit about guitars is underway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Phoenix is home to the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and right now passengers traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are being treated to an exhibit featuring nine hand-crafted guitars, including both acoustic and electric style.

Exhibition highlights include Scott Walker’s hand-painted “patina” guitar (above), which has wood body that resembles oxidized metal. Also on display: an unusual 26-string harp-guitar by William Eaton and an electric mandolin by Joe Vallee, whose instruments are collected by prominent musicians like Steve Miller.

Visitors to the PHX Airport Museum exhibit will also find displays of the guitar-making process. Parts of a guitar are presented in an exploded view showing how a guitar is constructed. And the various stages of shaping the wood components of a guitar are explained.

Exploded view of an acoustic guitar, courtesy of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Phoenix Airport Museum’s exhibition, Shaping Sound: The Art of Guitar Making, is on view in two display cases at Terminal 4, level 2 near ticketing through May 2020. 

The 30-year old Phoenix Airport Museum has more than 900 pieces in its collection. The museum presents exhibits featuring both items from the collection and from area artists in several galleries throughout the airport.

PHX Sky Harbor Airport celebrates new concourse

The newly named John S. McCain III Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) now has a new South Concourse and post-security lobby area with 15 gates and all new shops, restaurants and amenities.

The area offers passengers lots of light and great view of Phoenix’s desert landscape as well as power at most every seat, a new state-of-the-art Delta Sky Club, a children’s play area (the PHX Play-Viation Park), a nursing room and an animal relief area.

Public art installations feature a colorful terrazzo floor by Arizona artist Teresa Villegas as well as Donald Lipski’s “Aviators” which are giant sunglasses on the wall of the arrivals atrium.

Retail includes national brands, such as Johnston & Murphy and Sugarfina, as well as locally-linked venues such as Best of the Valley and Travel Outfitters. Mosaic includes artwork by Phoenix and Arizona-based artists, and Indigenous pays tribute to Southwest Native American tribes and offers jewelry and crafts.

Dining options include Shake Shack and Panera Bread as well as chef Mark Tarbell’s Tavern, James Beard award winner Christopher Gross’ Christopher’s and other local favorites that include The Parlor (pizza and pasta), SanTan Brewing Company and Mustache Pretzels, which serves mustache-shaped pretzels (and dips), including the Nutstache, with salted caramel and topped with crushed peanuts, walnuts, almonds and filberts.

Terminal 3 serves Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and Sun Country and is being updated in phases.

There’s one more phase to completed: the renovation of the North Concourse, which will add all new shops, restaurants and customer amenities. That phase is slated to be completed in 2020.

Phoenix Sky Harbor airport celebrates 30 years of airport art

Tiger – by Esmerelda DeLaney – courtesy Phoenix Sky Harbor

One amenity much appreciated at airports is art.

And Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has had a top-notch art program for years.

 The program began in 1962 when the mural, The Phoenix, was commissioned for the new Terminal 2.  As the airport expanded, construction was designed with art in mind and in 1988 a full-blown airport art program was established.

Now the Phoenix Airport Museum has more than 900 works in its permanent collection, an extensive aviation archive and more than 40 exhibition spaces.

And this year the museum is celebrating its three-decade anniversary with an exhibition featuring 30 diverse works of art in varying media from the airport’s collection.

Flight – by Helen Burbank. Courtesy Phoenix Sky Harbor

30 Years -30 Artworks is on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in two spaces at Terminal 4 on level 3. Eight large display cases on the east and west ends are on display through January 9, 2019. The exhibition continues into the Phoenix Airport Museum’s gallery through June 9, 2019.

Steampunk exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport


Diana Given, Personal Chronoaetheric Device (PCD Wrist Sleeve), Courtesy PHX Airport

A new exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) features six display cases filled with steampunk creations that combine science fiction, history and art.


Chris Kurtz & Tim Holt, Gentleman’s Hat with Protective Goggles

On display are about 50 different objects, including “period-looking costumes complete with top hats or bustles, and fanciful gadgets created from random bits and bobs” as well as a navigator outfit for an airship equipped with a windsock, compass and a hand-crafted leather backpack.

Sound intriguing? Steampunk: An Exquisite Adventure is on display through May 10, 2015 on Level 2 of Terminal 3 at PHX Airport.

PHX_Steampunk gallery

Fresh art at Miami, St. Louis and Phoenix airports

This month my At the Airport column on features a round-up of fresh art at airports around the country. I posted a few examples here yesterday. Here are some more.

(Photo by Rodney Cammauf)

Travelers can get a dose of the Everglades the only place where alligators and crocodiles co-exist in the wild at Miami International Airport, which is displaying 26 large-format photographs featuring the reserve’s wildlife and lush landscapes. The photos were taken by a half-dozen photographers who had the opportunity to live and work in the park’s subtropical environment for a month as part of the Everglades National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program.n You’ll find these in the international arrivals corridor in the North Terminal through December, 2011.

Lauren Adams: Coverlet Abstraction

Plenty of site-specific art will be part of the $50 million in renovations taking place at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s historic Terminal 1. Among the first commissioned pieces to be installed will be art glass screens with work by nine local artists featuring images that include eagles, soaring clouds, historic quilt patterns, local river paths and other images. Four art glass screens are being installed this month; five more screens will be installed this summer in Terminal 1.

"Spice Monkey"

Robert Brubaker’s ceramic, anthropomorphic animals are featured in a current exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 3. Although the local weather rarely calls for such warm clothing, the birds, ram, monkey and other animals featured in Big Coats are wrapped in ceramic versions of brightly colored, woolen Western-style blanket coats.