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After Fire Ruin, Art Exhibition Rises from Ashes and On Display at Phoenix Sky Harbor
Phoenix, AZ – When a fire gutted the Yuma Fine Arts Center in 1993, it put its annual art exhibition titled Southwestern Invitational on hold for more than two decades. But like the mythical Phoenix bird, the exhibition has risen from the ashes and is on display at America’s Friendliest Airport® as part of a year-long traveling show.
The artwork, which features contemporary pieces in a wide-variety of media created by artists living in 16 Arizona cities, will be on display through August 28 in Phoenix Sky Harbor’s busiest terminal. The exhibition is viewable in eight display cases on the east and west ends of Level 3 in Terminal 4. The Phoenix Airport Museum is the last stop for the exhibition, and it represents the work of artists who responded to the Yuma Fine Art Center’s call for entries in 2014.
Artworks range from traditional realistic paintings to found object sculptures to fiber artworks to digital animation. Highlights include an eight-foot-long painting by Kingman artist Paul VerBurg titled Los Tres, which is a realistic depiction of three rodeo cowboys sitting on the ground engaged in conversation. Birds of a Feather by Bernie Molasky of Clarkdale is a found object sculpture representing a bird form that incorporates a Honda motorcycle gas tank.
The exhibition features works from artists throughout the state, including Ajo, Cave Creek, Chandler, Cornville, Flagstaff, Goodyear, Kingman, Oracle, Prescott, Phoenix, Sedona, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma.
The Phoenix Airport Museum is one of the largest airport art museums in the U.S. The museum includes an art collection of nearly 900 artworks, 35 exhibition spaces in six buildings and the Phoenix Aviation Archive. For more information, visit Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions.