Tucson International Airport

New art exhibits at Tucson International Airport

If you’ll be traveling through Tucson International Airport anytime soon, be sure to leave some time to check out three new art exhibits offered by the airport’s Arts & Culture Program.

Tucson Schwindt Spring Blooms

(Spring Bloom, by David Schwindt)

In the airport’s main gallery, Scene in Arizona: Landscape Traditions presents paintings by Barbara Hill and David Schwindt that depict visions of the Western landscape.

Tucson - Re-create(Re-create, by Elizabeth Quinn-Worral)

In the Upper Link Gallery, an exhibit called It’s all ab0ut Color features paintings by southern Arizona artists Elizabeth Quinn-Worral and Shain LaBarge.  And in the Lower Link Gallery, Continuum Continues features the work of nine artists who are faculty and alumni from the University of Arizona’s School of Art’s new Visual Arts Graduate Research Laboratory.

Tucson - Continues

Even more airport art worth a look

My USA TODAY roundup column about some great art exhibits at airports right now generated lots of mail about artwork on display at other airports.

At the Tucson International Airport, five new art installations were part of a recent concourse renovation project. One piece, Another Way To Fly, by glass artist Tom Philabaum, is suspended from the ceiling in the Center Pointe, in the middle of the terminal on the ticketing level.

And two sculptures, Unzipped (below) and Closet Under the Stairs, by John Davis, are tucked under the stairs at the American and Northwest baggage claim belts.

Elsewhere in the airport, there’s a new Native American Gallery with work by tribal artists from southern Arizona, photographs by Tucson photographer David Burckhalter, and pieces from the airport’s collection of more than 75 works by regional artists.

And at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) there are two new exhibits: one features close to 50 paintings from the United States Air Force Art Collection; the other showcases prize-winning images from the annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race professional photography competition.

Scary air travel stories – just in time for Halloween

(Illustration by MSNBC.com’s Duane Hoffman)

Earlier this month, TSA officers scanning luggage at the Tucson International Airport (TUS) discovered a human skull inside a passenger’s suitcase. When pulled off the plane and questioned, the woman told police that the skull wasn’t technically hers (it belonged to her boyfriend), that it had been sitting in her garden for years and that it was scheduled to be a Halloween prop.

According to news reports, police searched the woman’s home, a medical examiner confirmed that the skull was “not fresh” (my words, not his) and the woman was allowed to, ahem, head on north to Philadelphia and complete her trip.

The skull stayed behind.


This is just one of the recent scary travel stories, “ripped from the headlines,” included in my Well-Mannered Traveler column on MSNBC.com this week. With Halloween still a week away, I’m asking MSNBC readers – and you – to send in more spooky travel adventure tales.

The best stories will mysteriously show up in next week’s column. I even have a guest curator lined up.