Terminal 3 Museum Exhibitions

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Weaving Through Time
Grand Canyon National Park - Celebrating 100 Years

Through March 8, 2020

Terminal 3, level 1 west end

Havasupai Woman Carrying a Kathak Burden Basket, courtesy of The Grand Canyon National Park Museum
Arizona’s spectacular natural wonder, the Grand Canyon was designated a national park in 1919. Although its history as a national park spans only 100 years, the Canyon is deeply entwined in a broader story of Indigenous people that have lived in the area for thousands of years. Artifacts found in caves tell us people were in the canyon at least 4,000 years ago.

The Grand Canyon is significant to eleven Native American tribes. The Havasupai Tribe – people of the blue-green water, have lived continuously in the canyon for more than 800 years. Their village location, near life-sustaining waters, has allowed them to thrive in a harsh desert landscape deep in the canyon for centuries.

In celebration of Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial, this exhibition features objects created by people that have called the canyon home. On display are Havasupai basketry crafted for everyday use or trade as well as ancient split-twig animal figurines. Using local plant fiber materials, people living in the Grand Canyon have been weaving through time.

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(left) Havasupai Woman Carrying a Kathak Burden Basket, 1902, photograph, courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection


Intimate and Expansive
Ceramic art by Tiffany C. Bailey

Through Nov. 17, 2019

Terminal 3, level 4, east arrivals area

Landscapes with Drawings by Tiffany C. Bailey
Steep bluffs, fields of corn and herds of cows are some of the picturesque features ceramic artist Tiffany C. Bailey remembers about her hometown. Growing up in Southwestern Wisconsin, Bailey was raised in a rural community with an abundance of pastures, farmland and a population of only 300 people.

After moving to Arizona to continue her ceramic studies, she revisited her memories of the architecture and topography near her childhood home. Now, in her artistic practice, she distills those elements into small-scale artworks to interpret a landscape that is both intimate and expansive.

Bailey uses a slip-cast method to make her ceramic artwork. The process begins with a model that is either hand-sculpted or is a found object. From the model, a plaster mold is produced. Porcelain slip (liquefied clay) is poured into the mold, dried and then fired in a kiln. The plaster mold can be used repeatedly to replicate the form creating artworks in series. She embellishes the art object with ceramic stains, underglazes or graphite drawings, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces. 

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(left) Tiffany C. Bailey, Landscapes with Drawings, 2017, porcelain with graphite

Richard, 2014, paper paint color samplesMaking Faces
Collage Portraits by Sebastiao Pereira

Through May 10, 2019

Terminal 3, level 1, north wall

Ordinary scraps of paper become detailed artworks when in the hands of artist, Sebastiao Pereira. For the past decade, he has been creating large-scale portraits of exceptional people with little more than paper, scissors and glue. From a distance the portraits appear like a large photographic image, but up close they may look like an abstracted blurry arrangement. 

His process begins by photographing his subject. Then, using photo editing software, he increases the image contrast, allowing him to see the various tones and values in the image. By drawing a grid on the reference image and the art canvas, he can focus on one square at a time, systematically interpreting the image with scraps of paper. Arranged in a mosaic fashion, the portraits are composed with paper cut and torn from Art in America magazines and color samples from a home improvement store. Using common materials and the process of collage, Pereira is depicting people that are important to him, he is Making Faces.

“They are portraits of people I know. One is a chef and cooks for seniors, another is a care giver in a nursing home. Another is a self-taught engineer. They are University professors, college professors and high school teachers. They are fellow artists and former students. They are my heroes. They are my friends. I love to see them, side by side, sharing the same wall space.” -- S.P. 

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(left) Richard by Sebastiao Pereira at Terminal 3, level 1, pre-security

People Watching
At the Airport


Terminal 3, level 1, near ticketing

Jane Kelsey-Mapel, There is a story behind every person. By observing facial expressions, clothing or belongings, we may gain insight into who they are, where they are from and why they might be traveling - especially at the airport. Some people enjoy using this information to make up stories about the people they see. This exhibition features three artists who have created a unique narrative using the art form of sculpture. Whether we are standing in line, waiting for luggage or dining at a restaurant, people-watching is an interesting way to pass the time - especially at the airport.

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(right) Jane Kelsey-MapelGift Giver: Portrait of Lunette, 1995, ceramic


Constructing Terminal 3Cranes, Trains and Airplanes: Constructing Sky Harbor

Through Sept. 1, 2019

Terminal 3, level 4, two locations:
Gallery (post-security) and wall near Sky Train portal (pre-security)

It all began with a farm field and a dirt runway in 1928. No one could have imagined the tremendous growth that would come to Phoenix, and as a result to the airport. In fact, City planners thought the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 that opened in 1962 would be sufficient for airline traffic until the year 2000. However, Terminal 3 was built in 1979, and a little over a decade later, Terminal 4. Through the years, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport continued expanding, improving and keeping pace with travel demand. It even became one of the busiest airports in the nation. 

This exhibition captures Sky Harbor’s development with images of its design and construction throughout the past 90 years. Creating airport control towers, terminals and the PHX Sky Train® are major undertakings. Their immensity is matched by a multitude of people that help materialize ideas, from architects, engineers and designers to builders, installers and fabricators.

Currently, the biggest project underway is the modernization of Terminal 3. New features will enhance the visitor experience by providing a more efficient way of getting through the terminal, scenic mountain views and fantastic art. Although growth and change are inevitable in Phoenix, a constant at Sky Harbor will always be Cranes, Trains and Airplanes ensuring world-class service into the future.

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