Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

Art of the Ride
Custom-built Motorcycles, Paintings and PhotographyRealistic painting of a close-up view of a motorcycle

Terminal 4, Level 3, gallery 
Through May 28, 2018

Arizona is a cultural mecca for motorcycle riders, enthusiasts and biker communities both near and far, young and old. With 300-plus days of sunshine and hundreds of miles of pristine asphalt ribbons, Arizona may be the most motorcycle-friendly state in the country. Opportunities are plenty to cruise along on two wheels while taking in beautiful wide open desert vistas or challenging winding forested mountain roads. 

black and white photograph of motorcycles in the desertThis popular mode of transportation is the perfect combination of inspiration and creative freedom for artists, photographers and motorcycle-builders. This exhibition takes the audience for a spin featuring one-of-a-kind hand-crafted motorcycles, artist-embellished bike parts, paintings and photographs that present attitude, passion and attributes of the camaraderie of riding.

From early images of rebellious gritty bikers to custom extravagant creations, this exhibition captures the imagination and personal expression of art on two wheels in the Grand Canyon State. The Phoenix Airport Museum invites you to put “kickstands up” and experience the
Art of the Ride

Image Captions:
(Above right:) David ManjeJoe's Posse, 2014, oil on canvas, Courtesy of  artist and Udinotti Gallery,Scottsdale, AZ, 30 x 40"
(Above left:) Neil A. Miller, Cruising Down US Route 89A, 1975, photograph, 37 x 50"

Arizona Artists Guildvintage looking photograph of people with a tree in yellow and orange
Celebrating 90 Years

Terminal 4, Level 3, eight display cases 
Through May 13, 2018

Since 1928, the Arizona Artists Guild has been a place for visual artists to gather together for creative sharing and learning.  As one of Arizona’s oldest non-profit art organizations, it began with a small group of artists getting together to sketch.  Today, the membership has grown to over 300 active members and includes both emerging and professional artists.  The guild offers workshops, life-drawing classes, open-studio and critique groups.  It also sponsors exhibitions, does community outreach and provides scholarships for full-time art majors to Arizona universities.

In honor of the guild’s 90th anniversary, this exhibition presents a variety of artwork by 35 guild members. The art on display is testament to the rich and diverse talents of the guild’s membership, showing a wide range of styles using various media including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, fiber art and printmaking.

Image Captions:
(Above right:) Joyce Baldwin, Family Tree, 2015, mixed media, 32 x 17”

At Work in Arizona

Terminal 4, Level 3
Oct. 7, 2017 - June 24, 2018

black and white photograph of miners workingArizona’s historic spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship is chronicled in an exhibition and book of historical and contemporary black and white photography. The project was envisioned by the Alliance Bank of Arizona’s founding CEO, James H. Lundy as a visual retrospect of Arizona’s economic growth. Professional fine art photographer Marilyn Szabo spent over a decade researching, selecting and creating the more than 300 images displayed in the bank’s branches and offices located around the state. 

Author and western historian Stuart Rosebrook, joined with Ms. Szabo to facilitate the transition of the exhibition to book form. The book titled, At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years, is a showcase of the exhibition’s best, comprised of 168 pages and more than 212 hand-selected images each accompanied by a backstory written by Rosebrook.

This exhibition presents a selection of images from the project providing a glimpse into the past including images of everything from transportation, mining and manufacturing to agriculture, retail and the arts. At Work in Arizona honors the men and women who have worked through enterprise, innovation and determination to build Arizona into a prosperous, dynamic and rapidly growing state.  

Image Caption:
Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, ©1910, photographic print, 30 x 24"
Courtesy of Bisbee Historical Society

A Shared Passion
Ceramic Art from the Airport's Collection

Terminal 4, Level 2, two display cases

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
Esmeralda DeLaney,Tiger, 1992, ceramic, 11 x 12.5 x 6.5", Donated from Joan Lincoln Ceramics Collection



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