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Arts in the Airport exhibition presents works of 40 artists

McGhee Tyson Airport is once again featuring “Arts in the Airport” - an art exhibition of selected artwork from 40 artists in the East Tennessee region. The Arts & Culture Alliance and the Knoxville Metropolitan Airport Authority partner to present the exhibition.

The 2016 exhibition features selected artwork from 40 artists in the East Tennessee region. “Arts in the Airport” was created to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The current exhibition features works celebrating “The Smoky Mountain Air Show” (April 16-17) and the City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary. The contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint through September 21, 2016.

michael shuemaker
FOX GREEN - 6 June 1944
Pen & Ink on paper
Michael Shuemaker, Knoxville
peggy kretchmar leland
Over and Above
Encaustic & mixed media
Peggy Kretchmar Leland, Knoxville
eric buechel
The Airshow
Oil on Canvas
Eric Buechel, Crossville
stephanie helton
West Jackson
Oil on Canvas
Alex Smith, Knoxville
rynn dupes
Fired Clay-Pitfire smoke finish, rebar & fork tines
Booder Barnes, Knoxville

Juror Terri Jordan of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville says “I first look for works that have a pleasing composition; that draw me in. I then look at technique, and if there is a sense of flow or movement. I feel that my selections are strong representations to their mediums. It was a pleasure to be able to see the show installed and how well the themes fit together. East Tennessee has some very talented artists.”

The following artists’ works are on display: Ann Allison-Cote', Kate Aubrey, Booder Barnes, Scott Bennett, Mike C. Berry, Neranza Noel Blount, Joe Bracco, Jennifer Brickey, Eric Buechel, Bill Capshaw, Sheila Chesanow, Yvonne Dalschen, Jürgen Dopatka, Alan Finch, Connie Gaertner, William Goolsby, Dawn Hawkins, Laurel Haynes, Kathy Holland, Brian Horais, Kathleen Kinney, Inna Nasonova Knox, Greg Lach, Peggy Kretchmar Leland, Shelley Mangold, Renee Manning, Marty McConnaughey, Brian Murray, Mike Naney, Joseph Clay Pardue, Martha Carroll Robbins, Chris Rohwer, Phil Savage, Michael Shuemaker, Alex Smith, Jenny Snead, Daniel Taylor, Marilyn Avery Turner, Lida Rice Waugh, and Carl Whitten.

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The following artists received cash awards:
Best of Show ($500) – Michael Shuemaker of Knoxville for FOX GREEN - 6 June 1944 (Pen & Ink on paper)
Award of Merit ($250) – Booder Barnes of Knoxville for Crow (Fired Clay-Pitfire smoke finish, rebar & fork tines)
Award of Merit ($250) – Peggy Kretchmar Leland of Knoxville for Over and Above (Encaustic & mixed media)
Honorable Mention – Eric Buechel of Crossville for The Airshow (Oil on Canvas)
Honorable Mention – Alex Smith of Knoxville for West Jackson (oil on Canvas)

The exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, visitors may view the exhibition by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.

Published April 25, 2016

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