Our area is home to amazingly talented artists who are working every day to change our landscape and keep our region moving forward in all aspects of life. This is why it was important to us at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) to implement our own arts program and bring original, local artwork to our passengers and guests in the terminal through our Art in the Airport program.
The Art in the Airport program began at FWA in 2012 as a way to highlight talented artists throughout our region and showcase the arts community in our city. It has been a welcome addition to the terminal building and a wonderful way to bring the surrounding arts community to the thousands of passengers that pass through FWA each day. Since its inception, Art in the Airport has flourished into a program that draws submissions from some of the area’s most talented local artists and brings new and exciting styles of art to our passengers that they may not typically expect to see in a Midwestern city.
The Art in the Airport program is free for artists to participate in, with 100 percent of the sales from every piece sold during its time at FWA going directly to the artist. Each selected artist will have their artwork hanging in the terminal for three months before the next artist takes over. Artists are chosen through a submission callout where each artist is asked to submit a short biography and samples of his or her work. A small panel of judges from the airport then goes over the submissions and selects the four artists who will show their work in the terminal the next year.
This year’s roster of artists is impressive and diverse, highlighting some of the best creative minds in the Fort Wayne area! Beginning in January, local artist Alexandra Hall will hang her humorous and whimsical artwork in the FWA terminal through March. Following Hall in April is Payden Leatherman, a Ball State University student and gifted photographer. From July to September, Britta Glass will bring her mixed medium art influenced by a love of books to our galleries. Rounding out this talented group of women is Rebecca Stockert, an active member of the Fort Wayne art community at Artlink, who will add a unique perspective through her multi-medium pieces from October to December.
It is important to FWA that the momentum our community is experiencing through the arts is showcased to our passengers that live in the area, as well as those visiting from out of town. Art in the Airport shows FWA’s commitment to supporting our local art scene. In the future, we hope to expand the Art in the Airport program even further with sculptures, installations, music and more, as well as partnerships with local arts organizations!
If you would like to be considered as a future Art in the Airport artist, contact Katie Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.