Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and Arts & Culture Alliance Present “Arts in the Airport”

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville are pleased to present the 17th “Arts in the Airport” exhibition, a new selection of artwork from 41 artists in the East Tennessee region. “Arts in the Airport” was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 27 – October 18, 2017.


Juror Terri Jordan of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville provided this statement about the exhibition: “Tennessee boasts a large talent of artists and as a museum curator, I find many of these come from the Eastern part of the state. I was pleased with the variety of mediums in the entries I viewed. It is important to not just master the technical skills but to also create work that has a strong composition, a story behind it or about it, and a sense of ‘holding its own’ in situation. For me, the entries I chose do that. They all have great sense of harmony in color and design and leave me wanting to see more.”


The following artists’ works are on display: Debra Lovvorn Belvin, J. Brooks Brann, Sarah Busby, Pat Clapsaddle, Synthia Clark, Bobbie Crews, June Crowe, Jurgen Dopatka, Veronica Fay, Mike Galyon, Elena Ganusova, Carl Gombert, Annamaria Gundlach, Kelly Hider, Brian Horais, Brian Horais, Barb Johnson, Inna Nasonova Knox, Deborah Kowalczyk, Carol Livingston, Bill Long, Brandon Lutterman, Marty McConnaughey, Susan B. Miller, Brenda Mills, Allen Monsarrat, Rita Nabors, Jim Parris, Joe Parrott, Amber Patty, Dennis Sabo, Michael Seagraves, Wayne Setser, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Renee Suich, Marilyn Avery Turner, Richardson Turner, Jill Vandagriff, Alisa Whitley, John C. Winter, and Marianne Woodside.


View of gallery of images at


Congratulations to the following artists, who received cash awards:

Best of Show ($500) – Susan Miller of Lenoir City for At the Loading Dock

Award of Merit ($250) – Jurgen Dopatka of Knoxville for Magnet Mills #13

Award of Merit ($250) – Denise Stewart-Sanabria of Knoxville for King Cake Glitter

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