Arts in the Airport Exhibition | October 15, 2015 - April 6, 2016 at McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN
Entry form at bottom of page, or download and print the application here: PDF / Word
Entries due by midnight on Sunday, August 30, 2015
Statement of Purpose
For the past seven years, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) have partnered to present a semi-annual exhibition entitled “Arts in the Airport”. This juried exhibition was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork. View past exhibitions here.
About the Exhibition Space
Approximately 40-45 works will comprise the exhibition. Work is displayed on eight 8’ x 8’ walls and in four display cases in the secured area behind the security gate checkpoint at the airport, and it is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, artists and their guests may view the exhibition during the opening reception/awards ceremony and by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) staff. The concourse windows near the exhibition space have 3M Window Films which reduce the effects of solar heat and visible light on furnishings and will block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Stephen Wicks is the Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art where he has managed the museum's exhibitions program and guided the development of its collections of East Tennessee-related art and international contemporary art for 20 years. He organized “Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee,” the first ongoing display devoted to East Tennessee's art history; “Awakening the Spirits,” the first-ever retrospective devoted to the work of Bessie Harvey, as well as “Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass,” and “New Directions in American Drawing.” He previously served as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Columbus Museum (Georgia), and is active as a guest curator, juror, lecturer and writer. Wicks received his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Tennessee, his Master of Arts in Art History & Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University, and was awarded back-to-back Cleveland Museum of Art Fellowships.
A $500 Best of Show and two Awards of Merit of $250 each will be given as designated by the juror, whose decision is final.
Sales & Commission
Every effort is made to promote sales. All sales are handled by the Arts & Culture Alliance. A 20% commission will be split between McGhee Tyson Airport and the Arts & Culture Alliance. To operate in accordance with the Tennessee Department of Revenue guidelines, the Alliance will add sales tax to the price of each work that sells from the airport and for which it collects payment.
Eligibility and Size Requirements
Artwork may not have previously exhibited at the Emporium Center. This exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington. Entries must be original works in the following categories: Painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, digital, and mixed media); Graphic Arts (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, conte, colored pencil, and printmaking); Photography (color, black and white, digital); and 3-D (hanging or free-standing: sculpture, ceramic, fibers, etc). Giclees are ineligible.
+ 2-D Works: The maximum allowed size is 60” x 60” in any direction including frame or stand. Weight is not to exceed 50 lbs. WORKS MUST BE SUITABLY FRAMED/MOUNTED AND WIRED FOR INSTALLATION. CANVAS EDGES MUST BE FINISHED. These requirements are included because work is hanging in an area of high traffic for six months.
+3-D Works: Four display cases are available for free-standing works: three are 20” cubed and one is 26” cubed. The display cases sit on pedestals 40” tall. WORK SHOULD BE ABLE TO STAND SECURELY IN THE CASE AS IT IS DISPLAYED IN AN AREA OF HIGH TRAFFIC FOR SIX MONTHS.
The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (FREE for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance. Annual membership information and benefits are available at www.knoxalliance.com/join.html. Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital image only. Each 2-D work may be represented by one digital image, and each 3-D work may be represented by up to three separate digital images: two full views and one detail view. Send digital images as JPG files, identifying image with entry form number (A-E), artist last name, and title of work (example: A.Smith.Title.jpg).
Application may be filled out below; OR, paper application may be mailed, faxed (865-523-7312), or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images may be sent on CD or e-mailed to email@example.com.
Entry fees may be paid by check or via PayPal below.
Application, images and fees must be received by midnight on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
All artists will receive a confirmation of their received entry when it has been processed.
Mailing address: Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901 | Attn: ARTS IN THE AIRPORT
Deliver accepted artwork to: Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport*,
2055 Alcoa Highway,
Alcoa, TN 37701 | www.tys.org
*Detailed directions will be given prior to delivery date.
Entry forms, images, and fees received in Arts & Culture Alliance office by: midnight on Sunday, August 30, 2015
Acceptance notification sent: Monday, September 21
Hand delivery date to the airport: Thursday, October 15, between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Exhibition installed / opens to the public: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Reception and Awards Ceremony: TBA
Last day of exhibition: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Pick-up work from the airport: Thursday, April 7, 2016, between 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
**No work is released before the end of the show.
Receipt of the completed form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in the prospectus. The Arts & Culture Alliance provides $10,000 insurance for the entire exhibition. Unclaimed hand-delivered work is not insured after the posted pick-up date. Artists whose works are accepted for exhibition will be requested to submit a photograph and resume/biography upon notification of acceptance. The Alliance and the Airport reserve the right to use artist information and images for exhibition, publicizing the event, and/or on the Web sites at www.knoxalliance.com and www.tys.org. Consent to reproduce works photographically is assumed to be granted unless stated otherwise.
About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission. www.tnartscommission.org
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