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Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

Drawn to Pattern
Painting, Printmaking, Fiber Art and Sculpture

Terminal 4, Level 3, gallery 
Through Oct. 29, 2017

painting with stripes of colorHumans are hardwired to recognize and respond to patterns.  From feeling the beat of one’s own heart to listening to music and swing-dancing, patterns engage our senses. Visually, we are naturally drawn to patterns, subconsciously looking for them, because they embody a sense of harmony and order.  It seems that we can find patterns everywhere from architectural elements to the natural world to artistic expression.

This exhibition presents a diverse range of artworks, in aceramic shell shaped sculpture variety of media, where patterns are prominently featured. By repeating shapes, forms, lines, texture or colors, artists give their works structure, rhythm, interest or unity.  Using their chosen media, they have incorporated patterns into their artworks for different reasons. 

Some artists meticulously paint rows of stripes or shapes creating a pattern that, in and of itself, is the artwork.  Others depict patterns found in nature, such as rippling concentric circles on a stream or the spiral of a shell.  While other artists may add interest with swirling decorative patterns throughout their artwork.  Whatever the reason, whether they paint, sew, print or sculpt, these artists are all Drawn to Pattern.

Image Captions:
(Above left:) Carrie MarillNot Afraid of Color, 2016, acrylic on linen, 58 x 44”, Courtesy of Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
(Above right:) Janine Bennette, Cocoon, 1997, ceramic, 14.5 x28.5 x 14.5”


Drawn to Pattern
Painting, Printmaking, Fiber Art and Sculpture

Terminal 4, Level 3, eight display cases 
Through Oct. 8, 2017

Shonto Begay paintingHumans are hardwired to recognize and respond to patterns. From feeling the beat of one’s own heart to listening to music and swing-dancing, patterns engage our senses. Visually, we are naturally drawn to patterns, subconsciously looking for them, because they embody a sense of harmony and order. It seems that we can find patterns everywhere from architectural elements to the natural world to artistic expression.

This exhibition presents a diverse range of artworks, in a variety of media, where patterns are prominently featured. By repeating shapes, forms, lines, texture or colors, artists give their works structure, rhythm, interest or unity. Using their chosen media, they have incorporated patterns into their artworks for different reasons.Kaori Takamura

Some artists meticulously paint rows of stripes or shapes creating a pattern that, in and of itself, is the artwork. Others depict patterns found in nature, such as rippling concentric circles on a stream or the spiral of a shell. While other artists may add interest with swirling decorative patterns throughout their artwork. Whatever the reason, whether they paint, sew, print or sculpt, these artists are all
Drawn to Pattern.

Image Captions:
(Above left:) Shonto Begay, Grandparent Trees, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36”
(Above right:) Kaori TakamuraPrize 1216, 2016, acrylic on canvas, silk-screen, laser-cut, machine and hand stitching, 40 x 46”


Kids in Focus
Photography by Children


Terminal 4, Level 3
Through Sept. 17, 2017

photograph of a tree and a child with outstretched arms on a hillOpening a child’s eyes to their own potential and seeing the world through a new light is the goal of Kids in Focus. The non-profit organization is dedicated to empowering and inspiring at-risk youth, ages 10-14, through a nine-week program teaching them photography. The children gain self-esteem and a new perspective on themselves and their environment.

The program begins with the kids receiving a free camera. Each student is paired with a professional photographer who volunteers their time to teach them basic principles of photography such as composition, lighting and subject matter. Over a six-week period, the students are given weekly shooting assignments to photograph with their mentors on various field trips as well as on their own. During the last three weeks of the program, the kids write biographies as well as captions and titles to accompany their artwork for a public exhibition. The program culminates in an opening night gala where the kids are recognized and appreciated.

photograph of a child's face with glasses

This exhibition features 32 photographic prints created by kids that participated in the program over the last four years. Capturing their world with cameras, their images give insight into what is important to them and the creative endeavor ignites their sense of pride and accomplishment thus putting Kids in Focus.


Image Captions:
Sean, 13, Arms Extended, 2016, photographic print
Donald, 13, Rainbow, 2015, photographic print


A Shared Passion
Ceramic Art from the Airport's Collection

Terminal 4, Level 2, two display cases
Opening Aug. 26, 2017

Colorful Bowl with gold interior

Ceramic art has been a lifelong love for local Phoenicians Billie Jo Harned and Joan Lincoln (1927-2016).  Practicing ceramic artists and highly knowledgeable of the craft, they each amassed a huge collection of contemporary ceramic artworks numbering in the hundreds.  For over a combined span of more than eighty years, they acquired art from local and national artists supporting both emerging artists, new to the craft, as well as established ceramic artists of notoriety.  

White and Brown Spotted Ceramic Dog

In 2016, a gift of artworks from each collector was separately donated to the Phoenix Airport Museum.  This exhibition presents a sampling of ceramic art from their respective collections giving the viewer a glimpse into the variety of artworks that helped fuel their shared passion for collecting contemporary ceramic art. From wheel thrown vessels to hand-built sculptural works, the Harned and Lincoln collections encompass a wide variety of styles, glazes and firing techniques representing form, function, beauty and whimsy.

The Phoenix Airport Museum is honored to have these contemporary ceramic artworks added to the collection.  The generous donation from these two art lovers and their families are a wonderful asset for the Airport.  Billie Jo Harned and Joan Lincoln’s ceramic collections will live on and be enjoyed by Airport visitors for years to come.

Image Captions:
(Left:) Bennett Bean, Gilded Bowl, n.d., ceramic, 2.5 x 3.5” diam., Donated from Harned/Rudel
(Right:) 
Esmeralda DeLaney,Tiger, 1992, ceramic, 11 x 12.5 x 6.5", Donated from Joan Lincoln Ceramics Collection

 

 










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