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
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.
Thomas Kerrigan, Desert Flora VIII, 2003, earthenware ceramic with stain, glaze, metal, 39 x 20 x 4”
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 3, gallery
May 9, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016
For thousands of years, humans have brought creatures to life in stories, songs and artworks. Real and fantastic beasts have been used to illustrate everything from ancient beliefs and fables to 1950s monster movies and modern day science fiction works. Imaginative variations in nature and science have always intrigued, fascinated, amused and sometimes even scared us.
This exhibition presents paintings and sculptures by six artists that take their inspiration from the natural world. Some of them have taken an anthropomorphic approach by placing animals in human situations or wild critters in intricately painted formal portraits. Other artists have invented species and fantasies by creating paintings reminiscent of scientific illustration or sculpting other-worldly life-forms from wood or fiber materials.
Whether creepy or cute, real or surreal, these artworks are sure to impart a sense of wonder and strangeness to the viewer. Enter this fanciful world and explore these artists’ stories and artworks in this creature feature..
Dwayne Hall, Chase, 1997, oil on canvas, 30 x 40”
80 Years of World Class Service
The City of Phoenix purchased Sky Harbor Airport on July 16, 1935 for $100,000. During its humble beginnings as “The Farm,” it was not unusual for pilots to buzz the field in order to clear the runway of grazing cattle before landing. Today, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has become one of the 10 busiest in the nation and is a major economic engine for the city and state.
The original terminal building, hangar and tower were located on the north side of today’s airport property. As the city grew, so did the demands for a modern airport. Terminal 1 opened in 1952, Terminal 2 in 1962, Terminal 3 in 1979, and Terminal 4 in 1990. The landing strip changed from a single dirt airstrip to a triangular system and then to the three current parallel east/west runways.
Major improvements for customer service in the last decade have included: additional gates in Terminal 4, an off-site rental car center, a new FAA Traffic Control Tower, expanded security checkpoints and the PHX Sky Train®. The next big project currently underway is the Terminal 3 Modernization. Its new features will provide travelers a more efficient way of getting through the terminal as well as fantastic views.
Throughout the past 80 years there have been significant advancements and growth made to the airport to meet travelers’ needs. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will continue to move forward - providing World Class Service into the future.
1935, North Terminal hangar and tower with Copperclad Airways planes.
Printed Artworks by Annie Lopez
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Terminal 4, Level 2, two display cases
Through Oct. 11, 2015
A fourth generation Phoenician, Annie Lopez creates artwork that tells stories of her own personal experiences and history. Her Influences include family, local and national news as well as television shows she watched as a kid. She combines text, old letters and photographic images into narrative cyanotype prints and dresses.
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. It involves chemicals that when mixed together and applied to paper, become light sensitive. Lopez prints the cyanotypes by exposing them to the sun. To make a dress she prints on about 20-30 sheets of paper commonly used to wrap tamales. She sews the printed sheets together to form material from which she creates her dresses using vintage patterns.
“Each new day sends me a situation that begs to be recreated on paper in a story or as artwork. I remain, as my family has for over one hundred and twenty years, rooted in Phoenix.” Lopez’s artwork goes beyond the visual piece, she is Sewing Stories.
Annie Lopez, Things My Mother Said, 2012, cyanotype on paper, thread