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Nashville International Airport’s Arts at the Airport Program Partners with Bonnaroo for Largest Skylight Display in 25 Years

NASHVILLE – The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival today announced a partnership that will bring art inspired by the internationally recognized festival to MNAA’s award winning Arts at the Airport program. Through a unique process for entries, artists are asked to submit proposals for three large Bonnaroo-themed displays that will be suspended from the skylights in the three concourses at Nashville International Airport (BNA), beginning May 12, 2014 through Jan. 26, 2015. The finished pieces will represent the largest Arts at the Airport skylight display since the program’s inception 25 years ago.

“We are excited to partner with Bonnaroo and showcase even more visual artists at Nashville International. We are asking artists to create top-notch, inspiring displays that will be unlike any other Arts at the Airport projects,” Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, said. “We anticipate impressive proposals that enhance the Arts at the Airport program while showcasing Bonnaroo’s impact on our statewide community.”

The displays will encompass three pairs of skylights (two skylights per concourse) located in each of the three concourses at BNA. Artists are being asked for proposals that will include iconic festival elements, a nod to Bonnaroo’s home-base in Manchester, Tenn., and recognition of the festival’s 2014 lineup (to be announced in early 2014). Proposals for site-specific sculptures or kinetic mobiles will be accepted until Jan. 29, 2014, and selected pieces will be installed between April 28, and May 9, 2014. The selected artists will each receive a $3,000 honorarium and have their art displayed for the duration of the program.

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Arts at the Airport
Working closely with the 15-member Arts at the Airport Foundation board, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority showcases the region’s visual and performing arts through its Arts at the Airport program, which receives some funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The award-winning Arts at the Airport program reviews and presents works by local, regional and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of Nashville International Airport’s and John C. Tune Airport’s passengers and visitors. In addition to visual art, Arts at the Airport includes music since it is an integral part of Nashville. The arts come alive with musical performances on stages throughout BNA’s passenger terminal.