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9:45 a.m. June 27, 2015
“Arts in the Airport” features 49 artists through October 7

marta lee art
Best of Show ($500) – Marta Lee of Maryville for Bobby’s Back (acrylic and oil on canvas). Image courtesy of Arts & Culture Alliance.

bruce bunting art
Award of Merit ($250) – Bruce Bunting of Knoxville for My Old Truck Finally Bit the Dust (handmade paper, wood, found objects).
claudia dean art
Award of Merit ($250) – Claudia Dean of Knoxville for Appalachian Quilt (paper, photocopy, sewing, acrylic paint)

KNOXVILLE – The artwork of 49 artists in the East Tennessee is being exhibited at McGhee Tyson Airport through October 7, 2015. “Arts in the Airport” was developed by The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.

The current exhibition features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint through October 7, 2015. A gallery of images may be viewed at

The exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport; however, artists and their guests may view the exhibition by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.

Juror Dorothy Habel, Professor of Art History and a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Tennessee, where she also serves as Director of the School of Art, provided this statement about the exhibition: “Reviewing the work submitted was exciting for me; I am, once again, impressed with the range and variety of the work, and the number of entries for this spring/summer exhibition was greater than in recent years. Clearly, artists in our area find the Tyson McGhee Airport a significant professional venue.”

The following artists’ works is on display: Reid Arowood, Yvonne Bartholomew-Thomas, Ellen Bebb, Adriaan Jacobus Berlijn, Mike C. Berry, Stephen Blackwell, Alan Brock, Eric Buechel, Bruce Bunting, Jasmin Cage, Nancy S. Campbell, Becky Chaffee, Sheila Chesanow, Valentino Constantinou, Victor Costantino, June Crowe, Claudia Dean, Nick DeFord, Jurgen Dopatka, Susana Esrequis, John Fairstein, Alan Finch, Geri Forkner, Annamaria Gundlach, Ryan Hoover, Barb Johnson, Vicki Lee, Marta Lee, Marty McConnaughey, Roy McCullough, Kenneth Moffett, Donna Headrick Moore, Brian Murray, Inna Nasonova, Christine Parkhurst, Jim Parris, Jody Sims, Tyson Smith, John Sterrett, Robin Surber, Daniel Taylor, Ward L. Tummins, Mary Julia Tunnell, Marilyn Avery Turner, Richardson Turner, Bonnie J. Vetterick, Linda A. Waterhouse, Kate Watson, and Travis Wealand.

Published June 26, 2015

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