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First Flight Out: Airport Authority Art Exhibit Opens at Nashville Public Library

NASHVILLE – As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s (MNAA) award-winning Arts at the Airport program, more than 50 pieces of MNAA’s permanent art collection will be on display in the Courtyard Gallery at the Nashville Public Library from Sept. 28 through Jan. 5.
The exhibit, “First Flight Out: Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Shares Its Corporate Art Collection,” will showcase selected pieces that represent the entire body of work. This is the first time MNAA has traveled the collection to a community exhibit.
“For 25 years, our Arts at the Airport program has spotlighted the works of some of the region’s most talented artists, and it’s only fitting as part of our 25th anniversary celebration that some of our favorite pieces from our permanent collection be on display at the Nashville Public Library for all to see and enjoy,” Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, said. “This is another great opportunity for us to deliver the Nashville Airports Experience to the greater Nashville community, and we look forward to partnering with the Nashville Public Library on more endeavors in the future.”
"Nashville Public Library is thrilled to share this important collection of local art with the Nashville community," Library Director Kent Oliver said. "We proudly support the Arts at the Airport program and look forward to future collaborations with our outstanding airport."
The majority of the permanent collection was acquired from 1988 through 1990. The Arts at the Airport program played a major role in the review and recommendation for the art acquisition. The collection was formed to spotlight contemporary Tennessee artists, including some of the state’s most acclaimed creators.
Various styles and media are represented including painting, sculpture, photography, stained glass, printmaking and mixed media. Visitors to the Nashville Public Library can see works by Marilyn Murphy, John Guider, Andy Saftel, Ludie Amos, Sheila Baldwin, James Threalkill, Charles Brindley, Chad Hollingsworth and Fred Burton. Also in the collection are works by the late Sylvia Hyman, Arthur Orr and Greg Ridley. A total of 48 Tennessee artists will have work on display.
Arts at the Airport
This year marks the 25th anniversary of MNAA’s award-winning Arts at the Airport program. Created in 1988, Arts at the Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent in Tennessee featuring both visual arts and live music performances.
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 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.
About the Nashville Public Library Foundation
The Nashville Public Library Foundation, established in 1997, has raised more than $30 million for such purposes as enhancing the exquisite Grand Reading Room, the Bridgestone/Firestone Conference Center, the beautiful Robinson Courtyard, the Civil Rights Room and adding more than 150,000 items to library collections. The Foundation also supports the award winning preschool literacy program, Bringing Books to Life, funds art exhibits, a job search lab and presents the Nashville International Puppet Festival. The mission of the Nashville Public Library Foundation is to raise private funds to enhance the programs, facilities and collections of the Nashville Public Library.
About Nashville Public Library
Nashville Public Library maintains a collection of 2 million items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and downloadable books, movies and music. The library also offers more than 800 public-use computers, free art exhibits, educational programs, events for all ages, 24/7 reference assistance, online databases, interlibrary loan and special collections. Equal access is provided by the Talking Library audio reading service for the print disabled and Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, call (615) 862-5800 or visit