Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

Earth and Sky

Terminal 4, level 3, gallery
Through January 2023

Rain Dance and Saguaro Fruit by Michael Chiago Sr.

Storytelling and artistic observation have always been used to make sense of the world and natural phenomena happening around us. Through a variety of mediums like paint, clay, fiber, ink or photography, artists continue to seek and interpret the limitless beauty we can experience from our rocky planet.

Our fascination with the earth and sky has grown significantly with the aid of technology. Powered flight and telescopes have enabled us to further explore the globe as well as space, giving both scientists and artists new vantage points and perspectives.     

This exhibition features 15 artists who look to nature for insight and inspiration. While some artists capture the rusty hues of geologic features, others illustrate the consistency of wispy or dense clouds in the atmosphere. A colorful sunset, dark storm, mountainous landscape or flying are sometimes used as a metaphor for emotions such as optimism or rejuvenation. By interpreting the textures, colors, light and symbolism we experience on our planet, this exhibition presents the wonder and connection we feel to Earth and Sky.

Featured artists:

Helen Burbank
Michael Chiago Sr.
Rebecca Davis
Jeff Falk
Susan Folwell
Adriel Heisey
Mark Klett
Ed Mell
Celia Alvarez Munoz
Jeffrey C. Perkins
Paula Jean Rice
Faith Ringgold
Carol Shinn
Clare Verstegen
Shelly White

Image caption: Michael Chiago Sr., Rain Dance and Saguaro Harvest, 1990, oil on canvas, Phoenix Airport Museum collection

Cast and Flame:
Glass Art by Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty

Terminal 4, level 2 near ticketing
Through April 2023

Beecoming Connected by Caldwell and Chakravarty

Glass is a versatile material with the distinctive ability to be manipulated in amazing ways. Its possibilities and surprises as an art form increase exponentially in the hands of two artists working collaboratively. Arizona artist couple Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty, under the name JC Squared, combine their talents, ideas and individual expertise to discover new and diverse ways of creating with glass.

Caldwell and Chakravarty, self-defined as “process junkies,” utilize a full spectrum of both hot and cold working techniques to cast, torch, blow, print, grind, cut and blend glass. Their shared personal observations, life experiences and travel fuel the flame of their work. Narrative driven sculptures that explore the parallel relationships between humans and bees, and vessels that reveal hidden underwater worlds offer a point of departure for the viewer to imagine realities different from their own.

This exhibition presents glass artworks that are both playful in their application and nostalgic in their subject matter. Holding memories unique to the artists, they provide a glimpse into their lives and the ways they view the world. From barnacle covered buoys to busy bees, Caldwell and Chakravarty creatively push the boundaries of what glass can become. 

Image caption: Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty, Beecoming Connected, 2021, cast soda lime and flameworked borosilicate glass, courtesy of the artists


Western Perception 

Terminal 4, level 3, near center (west of food court)
Through Winter 2022

Arizona Noche by Stephen Morath

A stereotypical view of the American West is not complete without courageous cowboys, lawless frontier towns and a desolate desert. For more than a century, this idealized imagery of the region has been embellished upon and fabricated through film, literature, advertisements and fine art. These romanticized visions and mythic tales of the “Old West” continue to cloud the truth about what life really looks like, even today, in Arizona and the Southwest.

This exhibition features 13 artists who both celebrate and challenge these depictions. Some artists create their own interpretations of cowboys, cactus and the desert climate to describe their personal experiences out West. Others use humor in their artwork to poke fun at exaggerated “Hollywood” portrayals. Whether it’s based in fact or fiction, this exhibition highlights how popular culture has - and continues to - shape our Western Perception.

Featured artists:
Shonto Begay
Anne Coe
Krista Elrick
Betty Hahn
William Jenkins
Luis Jimenez
Tamarra Kaida
Mark Klett
Muriel Magenta
Ed Mell
Stephen Morath
Linda Shearer-Whiting
Mark Zillman

Image caption: Stephen Morath, Arizona Noche, 1994, serigraphic print, Phoenix Airport Museum Collection

Beyond the Studio:
Artists of the Sky Train

Terminal 4, level 3, eight cases on east and west ends
Through September 2023

Annoyed by the  Screaming of the Whales by Bill Dambrova

Art making is often thought of as a solitary activity with artists working by themselves in their studios. The art filling the public spaces of the airport’s PHX Sky Train® is different. It was made by artists working in teams with hundreds of skilled thinkers, builders and installers.

This exhibition celebrates the art of the PHX Sky Train® by presenting artworks by artists who designed large-scale public art along the train route. These seven artists transitioned from their typical studio practices of painting, printmaking or weaving to work collaboratively with a large team of design and construction specialists to create intricate terrazzo floors or a luminous glass mural.  

Together, the art integrated into the Sky Train’s buildings and structures remind us that beauty and pleasure are central to our experience of travel and Arizona. Take a ride on the PHX Sky Train® for memorable views and to immerse yourself in artworks that were created Beyond the Studio.

Featured artists:

Anne Coe
Bill Dambrova
Daniel Martin Diaz
Fausto Fernandez
Frank Gonzales
Daniel Mayer
Janelle L. Stanley

Image caption: Bill Dambrova, Annoyed by the Screaming of the Whales, 2021, oil on canvas, 7 x 7', courtesy of artist

Movimiento Artístico del Río Salado (M.A.R.S)

Terminal 4, level 3 near center

Me and My Comprade by Gilbert “Magú” Lujan

Movimiento Artístico del Río Salado (Art Movement of the Salt River) or M.A.R.S was a non-profit visual arts organization founded in 1978 by a group of artists and community leaders. Its mission was to promote and support Mexican American and Chicano artists who otherwise felt restricted by commercial galleries.

In 1981, the artist collective opened a gallery in central Phoenix called M.A.R.S Artspace. The gallery featured rotating art exhibitions, artist-in-residence programs and workshops - bridging the gap between the barrios and the rest of the city’s art community. During this time, M.A.R.S Artspace was the only Hispanic-operated gallery in Arizona. While the collective dismantled in 2002, it paved the way for phICA (Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art) which continues to help artists gain visibility and financial support.

This exhibition features artwork by four M.A.R.S. artists. These fine art prints were created in collaboration with Self Help Graphics of Los Angles, another community-based arts center serving Chicana/o and Latina/o communities. The resulting print series helped create a lasting legacy for M.A.R.S and inspired the missions of numerous local art organizations today.

Featured artists:
Dolores Guerrero
César A. Martinez
Rudy Fernandez
Gilbert “Magú” Lujan

Image caption: Gilbert “Magú” Lujan (1940-2011), Me and My Compadre, 1989, lithographic print, 30 x 37", Phoenix Airport Museum Collection


Form Over Function:
Ceramics from the Phoenix Airport Museum's Collection

Terminal 4, level 3 near center

Guinomi Six Sake Cups by Anitra Allen

Ceramic artists sometimes create containers that are more about aesthetics rather than their use. They may design pots, bowls, cups and vases that challenge conventional form, either by deviating from a traditional shape or defying utility altogether. As art objects, their vessels draw upon the expressive nature of sculpture.

This exhibition features ten artists who have taken a unique approach to functional objects. While some artists shape or carve clay to emphasize texture, others create cups with fractures and vases with small openings that would otherwise make an impractical object. These artists contribute to the enduring legacy of the vessel, but they are transcending tradition to favor Form Over Function.

Featured artists:
Anitra Watley Allen
Sharon Brush
Victor Curran
Anne Goldman
Maurice Grossman
Michael Prepsky
Don Reitz
Patricia Sannit
Junya Shao
Greg Wenz

Image caption: Anitra Watley Allen, Guinomi: Sake Cups, 1997, glazed earthenware and porcelain, Phoenix Airport Museum Collection