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Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

Water in the Desert
Terminal 4, level 3, eight display cases
Through July 28, 2019

Water in the Desert: Photography
Terminal 4, level 3, center, west of food court
Through July 7, 2019

Although Arizona is known for its dry climate, water has a profound effect on our environment. From scenic landscapes to recreational possibilities to its immense power, water can be abundant in our state.River Sky Pan by William Lesch

Many Arizonans spend their summers leisurely tubing down scenic rivers, boating on reservoirs or relaxing by the pool with friends. Monsoon rains and snowmelt from mountain regions turn arid washes into creeks and rejuvenate evaporating lakes. As water moves, it becomes a powerful force. Over time, water has carved canyons and cliffs out of solid rock. Hundreds of miles of canals transport water - making everyday life possible in our urban centers.

Flaherty_SummerBlissThis exhibition presents a diverse selection of water-themed artworks by 40 Arizona artists from 10 cities around the state. From the Colorado River to Glen Canyon Dam, artists consider where Arizona’s water comes from and how we use it. Some artists find inspiration in the calming and reflective quality of water’s surface, while others use water as an art material. From its aesthetic quality to conservation, this exhibition reflects various artistic interpretations of water in the desert.

Image caption:
(Above left) Wendi Flaherty, Summer Bliss, 2018, fiber quilt
(Above right) William Lesch, River Sky Pan, 2016, photograph on aluminum

30 Years - 30 Artworks

From the Airport's Collection

Terminal 4, Level 3, gallery 
Through June 9, 2019

stylized painting of Navajo figure with blue sky

Art in the airport has been a long-standing tradition at Sky Harbor. The program’s roots began in 1962 when the landmark mural, The Phoenix, was commissioned for the new Terminal 2. Although Terminal 3 opened in 1979 with large-scale artworks, it wasn’t until 1988 that an exhibition (ironically, about dentistry) really gave teeth to the program and paved the way for a full-blown museum.

airbrushed image of woman in a tropical locationDuring the last three decades, the museum has grown an art collection from less than 20 to more than 900 works in varying media, expanded its reach with more than 40 exhibition areas throughout the airport system and assembled an extensive aviation history collection and archive. Today, the Phoenix Airport Museum has become one of the largest airport art programs in the country.

This exhibition pays tribute to the museum’s first 30 years with a display of 30 works that showcase the region’s diverse cultural heritage. Whether it’s the state’s scenic wonders, urban environments or local materials, Arizona’s unique artistic resources will continue to guide the Phoenix Airport Museum for decades to come.

Image Captions:
(Above right) Bajé WhitethorneFood Yei, 1997, acrylic on canvas
(Above left) Celia Álvarez Muñoz, Sentimental Journey (detail), 1993, mixed-media mural

A Shared Passion

Ceramic Art from the Airport's Collection

Terminal 4, Level 2, two display cases

colorful ceramic 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.  

whimsical sculpture of a 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:
(Above left) Bennett Bean, Gilded Bowl, n.d., ceramic, 2.5 x 3.5” diam., Donated from Harned/Rudel
(Above right) 
Esmeralda DeLaney,Tiger, 1992, ceramic, 11 x 12.5 x 6.5", Donated from Joan Lincoln Ceramics Collection


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