Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

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Art in Many Forms
From the Airport’s Collection

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 3, eight display cases
Through September 13, 2015

Desert Flora VIII Art is as varied and diverse as the artistic people who create it. And the limitless selection of materials that the artists choose plays an important role in conveying their stories, ideas and concepts.

The wide assortment of artwork being produced today in the Southwest is represented in the Airport’s own art collection. Part of the Phoenix Airport Museum, the art collection has been acquired through the years either by commission, purchase or donation. The result is a broad and varied collection of more than 900 artworks in all media.

This exhibition presents a sampling of works from the Airport’s diverse art collection. From a traditional black and white large-format photograph of modern-day cowboys to a brightly colored abstract metal wall piece, the exhibition also includes hand-pulled fine-art prints and pieces made of clay or fiber. Each of the eight display cases on Level 3 in Terminal 4 represent artwork made from a single medium: painting, fiber, metal, ceramic, mixed media, printmaking and photography. Artists carefully consider their medium and technique to best suit their vision creating Art in Many Forms.

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Thomas Kerrigan, Desert Flora VIII, 2003, earthenware ceramic with stain, glaze, metal, 39 x 20 x 4”

Finding the Beauty in Construction
Photographs by Craig Smith

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 3, center wall south

Evening, Supports for taxiway bridge at South 41st Street The PHX Sky Train® opened in spring of 2013 making it easier for travelers to get to Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4 from the Valley Metro Light Rail and East Economy Parking. The conception and construction of this massive undertaking took years of planning and building.

The driverless electric train runs on an elevated guideway that goes over an active taxiway; the first in the world. The columns supporting the guideway are as deep under the ground as they are tall; up to 125’. The bridge over the taxiway alone took 3,000 cubic yards of concrete; about 45,000 wheelbarrows.

For two years (2010 – 2011), photographer Craig Smith documented the PHX Sky Train® project. He photographed the endeavor at various stages, at different times of day and from different directions. Using his artistic expression he found the beauty in construction.

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Craig Smith,September 13, 2010, Evening, Supports for taxiway bridge at South 41st Street, photograph, 24x 16”

The 7C’s of Arizona
Copper • Cattle • Cotton • Citrus • Climate • Cactus • Canyons

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Dark Green Vase with Oranges, Pinecones and Mooonshells

Arizona may not have seaside beaches but it does have seven C’s.

Depicted on the state seal, the original “five C’s”, copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate represent the forces that drove Arizona’s economy as well as defined our state character. Over time Arizonans have added two more C’s, cactus and canyons, both important to tourism and our unique regional identity.

Natural wonders, pleasant weather, agriculture, ranching and mining have all played a role in the state’s history and economy. These assets have not only assisted in bringing residents and tourists alike to the state but also continue to provide inspiration, materials and subject matter for artists who live and visit here.

Drawing from this traditional heritage, these artists have depicted, used or referenced one of the C’s in their art. Enjoy a look into Arizona’s unique character through contemporary artworks that explore the riches of our state.

Have an art adventure and travel the 7C’s of Arizona.

Exhibition in the Gallery, Level 3 on the south side, center, October 4, 2014 - April 19, 2015, 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily.

Image Caption:
C is for Citrus
Farraday Newsome, Dark Green Vase with Oranges, Pinecones and Mooonshells, 2012, ceramic, 15 x 13 x 11”

Pictured above and to the right.
Image Caption:
C is for Climate
Wendy Willis,Sibling Suite , 2007, reduction relief print, 40 x 49”

Time, Place, Memory

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 2, two display case
Through April 5, 2015

Clay: Time, Place, Memory

This exhibition features ceramic art by four Arizona artists. Using various types of clay and employing a variety of working techniques such as wheel-throwing, mold-making or hand-building, they create both functional and sculptural artworks. They may finish their work with glaze or slip or produce a decorative surface by firing it in a wood-burning kiln. Whether influenced by experiences in nature, Asian culture or everyday life these artists all express their ideas of time, place or memory in clay.

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Jennifer E. Holt, An Act of Futility , slip-cast and press-molded porcelain clay, hardware, tumbleweed, 30 x 34 x 11”

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