Exhibit in airport showcases local artists

Jonathan Howe's piece 'Caroline'

Jonathan Howe's piece "Caroline"

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville are presenting “Arts in the Airport,” a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from 27 artists in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. “Arts in the Airport” was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2-dimensional artwork and will be exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from May 7 until October 29, 2009. A reception and awards ceremony was held at the airport on the evening of Thursday, May 7, to officially open the exhibit.

“The new art exhibition at McGhee Tyson Airport is our chance to both entertain and enlighten passengers as they enter and exit East Tennessee,” said Richard W. Krieg, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “The region’s talent will serve as a reflection of our culture and heritage, and we are pleased to be able to open this exhibition.”

Contributing artists include Diane Bishop, Lance Carlson, Bobbie Crews, Susan Hadorn, Lynne Hartman, Kelly Hider, Jonathan Howe, Lauren Karnitz, Scott Klecha, Eric Knowles, Hui Chi Lee, Gary Lovett, Tom McDaniel, Barry McManus, Trena McNabb, Margaret Moran, Linda Morton, Bobby Nash, Elain O’Sullivan, Jennifer Simpson, Mark Smothers, Darryl Stair, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Marilyn Avery Turner, Coral Grace Turner, Richard Whitehead, Heather Whiteside and Steve Wright.

All the works of art are available for online viewing at http://picasaweb.google.com/knoxalliance/AirportSpring2009#, or www.flyknoxville.com.

The Arts and Culture Alliance, with assistance from Stephen Wicks of the Knoxville Museum of Art, juried the exhibition with final approval by the Airport Authority. Prizes include $1,000 in cash awards for the winners, who were announced on Thursday, May 7 at the reception. For more information, contact the Arts and Culture Alliance at 865- 523-7543, or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions by assuring their creative, financial, and operational well-being. The Arts and Culture Alliance provides leadership and advocacy that establishes and maintains the success of the arts and the cultural environment of greater Knoxville, as well as providing for a strong climate for cultural and economic interaction between the arts and the community as a whole.

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