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Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Terminal 3 Museum Exhibitions

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Making 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.

Wallis by Sebastiao Pereira

“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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(right) Sebastiao PereiraWallis, 2014, recycled magazine print

People Watching
At the Airport

Terminal 3, level 1, near ticketing

Jane Kelsey-Mapel, "Gift Giver: Portrait of Lunette" 1995, ceramicThere 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 time - 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-Mapel, Gift Giver: Portrait of Lunette, 1995, ceramic

Cranes, 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.

Craig Smith, Overhead View of PHX Sky Train Guide Way Being Installed

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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(right) Craig Smith, Overhead View of PHX Sky Train Guideway Being Installed, 2011, photographic print

Worn as Art
Reversible Capes by Eleanor Bostwick

Terminal 3, level 2 display case

Capes have been around for centuries and have evolved from a very basic piece of apparel to clothing that may signify power, flair or occupation. For fiber artist Eleanor Bostwick, the cape has also been a vehicle for artistic exploration and expression.  

Eleanor BostwickOver a period of three decades, Eleanor Bostwick created a series of eight unique capes. They are all reversible and similar in basic form, but that is where their similarity ends. Each cape is executed in different combinations of materials such as silk, wool, taffeta, beads and leather. She incorporates various fiber art techniques including hand-weaving, applique, embroidery and quilting. All of the capes are rich with layers of meaning and detail.

To watch a five minute interview with Eleanor Bostwickclick: Art Over Your Shoulders

“As an artist I believe that by shaping works to be worn as art, I am blending creative vision into our everyday lives.  To me, this represents the power and significance of art.” - E.B.

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