Arts in the Airport Exhibition | October 16, 2014 - April 8, 2015 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, September 7, 2014

Statement of Purpose
For the past six 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 three 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.

Joshua Bienko (b. 1978, NY) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2008, and his BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2000. He has exhibited throughout the country at venues such as the Dallas Contemporary (TX), Artpace (TX), Labor Ebertplatz (Köln), Vox Populi (PA), Big Medium (TX) and the Guggenheim Museum (in collaboration with YouTube Play Biennial). He is one of the founding members of Ortega y Gasset Projects in Queens, a 2009 Tanne Foundation recipient, and a Hambidge Residency Fellow. He lives and works in Knoxville, where he teaches Drawing at the University of Tennessee.

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. The Alliance assumes that sales tax is included in the price of every piece of artwork. The Artist is responsible for remitting applicable sales tax to the state of Tennessee Sales and Use Tax Department (

Eligibility and Size Requirements
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. Artwork may not have previously exhibited at the Emporium Center.

+ 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: Three display cases are available for free-standing works: two each at 26” cubed and one at 20” 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.

Entry Procedure
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 Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital images 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 (no PowerPoint or slideshow formats) on CD (not DVD), at least 1-3 MB in size (or at least 1600 x 1600 pixels) each, or e-mail entries to (no more than 5 MB in size to guarantee delivery of e-mail). Please identify image with entry form number (1-5), artist last name, and title of work (example: 1.Smith.Title.jpg).

Application may be mailed, faxed (865-523-7312), e-mailed to, or submited online (below).
Images may be sent on CD or via e-mail to CDs will not be returned.
Entry fees may be paid via check to "Arts & Culture Alliance" or through PayPal (below).
Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
We encourage artists to follow up on receipt of entry.

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 |
*Detailed directions will be given prior to delivery date.

2014 Schedule
Entry forms, images, and fees received in Arts & Culture Alliance office by: midnight on Sunday, September 7, 2014
Acceptance notification sent: Monday, September 29
Hand delivery date to the airport: Thursday, October 16, between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Exhibition installed / opens to the public: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Reception and Awards Ceremony: TBA
Last day of exhibition: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Pick-up work from the airport: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 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 and 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.

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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.

Arts in the Airport Entry Fees

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail payment to:

Arts & Culture Alliance
PO Box 2506
Knoxville, TN 37901