Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

30 Years - 30 Artworks
From the Airport's Colection

Terminal 4, Level 3, eight display cases
Through Jan. 6, 2019

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

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 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:
(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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