Art at the Airport

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

January - August 1997

During the winter of 1997, the Metropolitan Airports Commission introduced “Art at the Airport.” The program was initiated, in part, because of Joan Mondale’s expressed desire to see art at the airport and also because the Minnesota Department of Tourism sought to establish a stronger regional, as opposed to international, identity at a key gateway to Minnesota that receives approximately 30 million visitors a year.

The MAEP was invited to facilitate the program’s two inaugural projects, including:

  • The “Welcome Mural” for International Arrivals
  • Airport Case Exhibits


Related Exhibitions

  • The Welcome Mural
  • Airport Case Exhibits: Earth, Water, Air, Fire
  • Airport Case Exhibits: Natural Wonders

Art at the Airport (January–August 1997)

During the winter of 1997, the Metropolitan Airports Commission introduced “Art at the Airport.” The program was initiated, in part, because of Joan Mondale’s expressed desire to see art at the airport and also because the Minnesota Department of Tourism sought to establish a stronger regional, as opposed to international, identity at a key gateway to Minnesota that receives approximately 30 million visitors a year.

The MAEP was invited to facilitate the program’s two inaugural projects, including:

The “Welcome Mural” for International Arrivals

MAEP Program Coordinator Stewart Turnquist was asked to oversee the execution and installation of a “Welcome Mural” for the new International Arrivals Building that would emphasize the concept “Minnesota Sense of Place.” Twenty-three artists collaborated on the creation of a work that integrated photography with mixed-media components and an elaborate, organically based sculptural frame. Craig and Nadine Blacklock provided the photographs; Mark Knierim and Ann Sugnet designed the sculptural frame and worked with the following artists to fabricate it: Bryan Nelson, Roger Howley, Josie Winship, Christine Baeumler, Sarah Heimann, Karen Wirth, Robert Lawrence, Amanda Taylor, Angela Goertz, Kevin Johnson, Pamela Longtine, and Eric Peterson. The mixed-media letter forms of the mural were created by Christie Hawkins, John Saurer, Jill Blumer, and Cynde Randall. Artists Bill Skodje, Steve Williams, and Chris Larson provided special assistance.

Airport Case Exhibits (January - December 1997) (Mini-exhibit of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire)

The work of 19 artists that originally was featured in the “Earth, Water, Air, and Fire” exhibit at the MIA was presented in a scaled-down version at the airport. The works were installed in three streamlined, aluminum-clad cases designed by Stewart Turnquist and built by sculptor Chris Larson; located in the Lindbergh Terminal, two of these cases are on the mezzanine level, and one is in the Ground Transportation Center. The MAEP will display works of art in these cases twice a year.

The artists who participated in this initial show included: Daniel Bruggeman, Mary Carroll, Gary Erickson, Bernice Ficek-Swenson, Jana Freiband, Tim Harding, Barbara D. Hultmann, David Lefkowitz, Abigail and Michael Mouw, Andrea Myklebust, Bruce Nygran, Robert A. Perkins, Wayne E. Potratz, Stanton G. Sears, Lauren Stringer, Janice Doroff Tanner, Jantje Visscher, and Karoline Wileczek.

Airport Case Exhibits: Natural Wonders (January - December 1998)

This exhibit featured the playful wind-up sculpture of Dean Lucker; the sparkling, encrusted creations of Judy Onofrio; the intricate carvings of Bruce Peterson; and the fanciful prints of Todd Peterson.