The Arts in the Airport program, coordinated by the Greater Nashville Arts Foundation, gives Nashvillians a chance to appreciate the works of area artists while travelers enjoy a look at the city's sophisticated visual arts culture.
"Artists Abound" includes a number of paintings as well as fine crafts in metal, fiber, ceramics, wood and glass. Including works by the Craft Center's Emerging Professional Artistsresident artists beginning their professional careersthe exhibit runs the gamut from traditional paintings to contemporary fine crafts.
For example, a still-life in oil by Christine Koczwara, "With Elegance," hangs next to "Limen," a dynamic abstract painting by Sally Crain-Jager. Graham Campbell's stately, highly polished and surface-etched table stands across from Ward Doubet's "Truth Table," a conceptual work incorporating wood and ceramics. "Guardian Spirits," a large metal urn by Bob Coogan, sits across from Katherine McGhee's welded steel sculpture "Kaji Da (Fire)." Vince Pitelka's platters and bowls exemplify fine craftsmanship in their delicate feather-slip decoration, while his sculpture "Factory Vessel #3" shows the complex colored clay technique Pitelka has developed.
Degree programs in art at Tennessee Tech and the Appalachian Center for Crafts offer students excellent professional instruction and access to some of the finest studio facilities in the country. Three exhibit spaces, the Craft Center's two galleries and the University Center Art Gallery on the main campus, , , attract thousands of visitors each year.
"Artists Abound" is on display in the airport's concourse connector on the ticketing level of the passenger terminal. For more information, call the airport at 275-1611.