Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

30 Years - 30 Fine Art Prints
From the Airport's Collection

Terminal 4, level 3, in two locations near center of food court
Through Jan. 28, 2019


Andy Chuka, untitled, linocut printFine Art Prints are original artworks, not copies of paintings or drawings. Artists use various printmaking techniques, alone or in collaboration with a master printer, to transfer their designs onto paper. They may create one or many original works of art. Each fine art print is hand-produced and the artist is actively involved in the creative process.

In celebration of Phoenix Airport Museum’s thirty-year anniversary, this exhibition presents thirty fine art prints from the Museum’s collection of more than 900 works in varying media. Whether inspired by the region, culture or the era produced, these works were all created using the time-honored artform of printmaking.


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(Above left) Andy Chuka, Untitled, 1930s - 40s, linocut print


30 Years - 30 Artworks
From the Airport's Collection

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.

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(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
Ongoing

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.

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(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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