Terminal 3 Museum Exhibitions

Beyond Boundaries: Maps in Art 

Through May 23, 2021

Terminal 3, level 4 in three locations
Pre-security, west end near Sky Train bridge
Pre-security, east arrivals area
Post-security gallery

Artist Sasha Palansky

Maps are visually rich with information. They graphically represent things we can see such as mountains and roads, but also depict items we can’t see like political borders. We maps to orient ourselves - to see where we are or where we are going. For most, digitally navigating the world from the palm of our hand has replaced folded paper maps, while outdated or discarded traditional maps have gained new life in the hands of artists.

This exhibition presents artworks by nine artists who have taken maps to new interpretive levels. These artists have incorporated maps with their chosen art processes and materials. The maps add another layer of meaning to their art while the maps’ graphic elements, text, line, shape and color, add an aesthetic quality.

These artists’ explorations have resulted in everything from whimsy to historical reference. Their artworks may evoke travel or create a sense of place. Repurposed and reformatted, these artists have drawn on, painted on, sewn and collaged Maps in Art. Their work is moving Beyond Boundaries.

Featured artists:
Barbara Brandel
Susan Folwell
Patrick Keig
Kyllan Maney
Monica Aissa Martinez
Daniel Mayer
Sasha Palansky
Anna Marie Pavlik
Shelly White

Image Caption: (left) Sasha Palansky, Assimilation (Old), 2016, charcoal drawing on map

Animals at the Airport: From the Phoenix Airport Museum Collection


Terminal 3, Level 2, west end near TSA Security Checkpoint entrance 

Romeo by Esmerelda DeLaney

From cherished pets to wild and whimsical creatures, many artists are drawn to the connection between humans and animals. Through their artwork, they strive to capture the personality or unique qualities of an animal. Some interpretations are imaginative and playful, with exaggerated or toy-like features while others represent an animal’s physical traits - like the texture of scales or fur. Sometimes, animals are depicted in art behaving like humans, dressed up in clothes or buckled-up in a car as a road-trip companion.

This exhibition features 10 animal-themed artworks in various mediums from the Airport’s vast and diverse collection of more than 900 artworks. Whether they fly in the sky or crawl on land, chances are you’ll see plenty of Animals at the Airport.

Image Caption: (left) Esmerelda DeLaney, Romeo, 1987, stoneware with underglaze, glaze, oil paint and hand-woven rug, Phoenix Airport Museum collection

Handles and Spouts
Teapots from the Phoenix Airport Museum Collection


Terminal 3, level 1, west end

struttin tea set by michael lambert

For more than a millennium, teapots have seeped their way into many different cultures and traditions around the world. Beyond a vessel for brewing and serving, teapots have become artful objects intertwined with sculpture and contemporary craft. From small and whimsical to funky and functional, each teapot has its own unique set of characteristics based on the artists personal style. 

Ten teapots from the Phoenix Airport Museum collection demonstrate the endless design possibilities for an everyday object. Although they are created in a variety of shapes, materials and glazes, teapots are visually characterized by their handles and spouts.

Featured artists:
Bill Berchou
Michael Lambert
Les Lawrence
Xiaoping Luo
Tania Radda
Betsy Rosenmiller
Peter Saenger
Randall B. Schmidt
Jeff Schmuki
Junya Shao

Image Caption: (left) Michael Lambert, Struttin' Tea Set, 1999, glazed porcelain, Gift of artist, Phoenix Airport Museum Collection

People Watching At the Airport


Terminal 3, level 1, near ticketing

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.

Image Caption: (right) Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Gift Giver: Portrait of Lunette, 1995, ceramic

Jane Kelsey-Mapel,