Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Terminal 3 Museum Exhibitions

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Nature's Materials
Fiber and Wood Art

Through Feb. 4, 2018
Terminal 3, level 4

 wood sculpture with a figure with outstretched arms and birdsa colorful chair with desert imagery

Sustenance, warmth and shelter have been our primary needs since the beginning of time. Mother Nature has always provided us with the resources to meet those needs. Fibers from plants and animals were gathered to use in creating blankets and clothing to protect us from the elements. Wood from trees has been used for everything from fuel for heat to building construction to the manufacture of hunting weapons.

Today, the raw stuff of nature has more than a utilitarian purpose, it is also used for artistic expression. Utilizing fiber and woodworking techniques, that have been around for centuries, artists create artworks that are about their ideas and experiences as well as the qualities and characteristics of the material itself.   

This exhibition features a selection of contemporary artworks made of fiber or wood from the Airport’s own collection of more than 900 works in all media. It spotlights artworks crafted from wool, silk, cotton, various wood species and natural branches. Whether woven, quilted, hand-dyed, turned, assembled or hand-carved, they all have incorporated Nature’s Materials.

Image Captions:
(above left) Denise A. Currier, Get Set - Coloring Outside the Lines, 2005, fabric
(above right) Hector Ruiz, untitled, 1998, basswood

Worn as Art
Reversible Capes by Eleanor Bostwick

Through Summer 2017
Terminal 3, level 2 display case

Capes have been around for centuries and have evolved cape made with paper beadsfrom 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.

Image Caption:
(above right) Eleanor Bostwick, Fantasia, 1995, 10,224 hand-rolled paper beads, crocheted silk yarn

Stories From a Local Community
Paintings by Frank Ybarra

Terminal 3, level 4, post-security

boys swimming in a canalEach of these paintings by local artist Frank Ybarra illustrate storiesMariachis with guitars in a church gathered from former residents of neighborhoods surrounding Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. These communities, known as Golden Gate and Barrios Unidos (United Neighborhoods), were home to primarily Latino families. 

The illustrations commemorate their everyday activities as well as special occasions and celebrations.  They represent stories of love and pride, church and family, work and play. Quinceañeras, swimming in canals, dancing at local ballrooms, picnicking in the parks and the music at Sunday Mass are all reminders of the rich culture of a local community.

Image Captions:
(above left) Frank YbarraThe Canal2009, acrylic on canvas
(above right) Frank YbarraPlaying and Singing at Mass2009, acrylic on canvas

American Organic Architecture in Arizona
The Heritage of Frank Lloyd Wright

Terminal 3, Level 1, restrooms near baggage claim

exhibition image of architecture

Long before “going green” or sustainability was a consideration in building, Frank Lloyd Wright coined the phrase “organic architecture” in the early 1900s to describe his architectural philosophy. Though not the first to be influenced by the harmony within nature, his creation of structures striving for balance with their environments would forever change American architecture.

Seeking to interpret (not mimic) the forms created by nature, Wright believed that interior spaces shaped the exterior. He also wanted interior spaces to flow from one area to another. Through this design process, a building would grow organically as its environment (interior and exterior) shaped it. He was not only concerned with using natural materials, and the building being an extension of its environment, but how people would occupy it. “Form and function are one” would become one of his oft repeated phrases.

Organic architecture was a dramatic departure from the European-influenced buildings built in the early 1900s. This would become Frank Lloyd Wright’s lasting legacy -- proposing and creating distinctive American architecture.

Arizona’s landscape has been undeniably influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and his interpretation of organic architecture. Taliesin West, Wright’s winter home and school in Scottsdale, drew many talented architects here to study. This exhibition presents images and architectural plans of Arizona structures designed by Wright and other architects influenced by the philosophy of “organic architecture.”


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