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Arts at the Airport: Fall Flying Solo Series Opens Sept. 3

Arts at the Airport: Fall Flying Solo Series Opens Sept. 3 

NASHVILLE – The fall installment of the Flying Solo series at Nashville International Airport (BNA) will open Sept. 3, 2018, and run through Nov. 25, 2018. The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s (MNAA) Arts at the Airport program. 

Each season, the Flying Solo series offers arts organizations and gifted local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work at BNA. Fall 2018 Flying Solo series artists include Thomas Spake, Shadow May, Meemi JL and the Frist Art Museum. The “Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations” exhibit is on display through January 2019. 

Below is a brief description of each of the artists and their work: 

Thomas Spake
Concourse A/B Art Case
Sept. 3, 2018 – Nov. 25, 2018 

Thomas Spake began glassblowing in 1994. Spake went to college to pursue a basketball scholarship, but a work-study assignment in the art department introduced him to glassblowing. Spake remembers that jaw-dropping moment when he saw the molten material rotating on the blow pipe, as well as the creative energy, the improvisation, the dance, the sweat and the teamwork involved in the process. He knew this was something he had to do. After two years, Spake walked off the basketball court, and into the glass workshop to take his first class. The rest is art history.

Shadow May
Concourse C Art Case
Sept. 3, 2018 – Nov. 25, 2018
Shadow May is a self-taught, award winning ceramic artist. He was born and raised in Homer, Alaska, but now calls Chattanooga, Tenn., home. The fundamentals he gained from apprenticeships and production work early in his career equipped him with a fearless method of creating sculpture that he calls “evolving rapidly.”

Meemi JL
Concourse C, across from Gates 10 and 13
Sept. 3, 2018 – Nov. 25, 2018

Meemi JL moved to Cookeville, Tenn., from Hawaii 16 years ago. When she was young, her parents made a point that appreciating art was essential in life. Her father strongly believed that any form of art – music, poetry or painting – could enrich people’s lives and enhance their world experiences. Her work is presented by The Gallery at Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee Tech University.

Frist Art Museum
Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville
Concourse A, Community Art Cases
Sept. 3, 2018 – Feb. 24, 2019 

The Frist Art Museum (est. 2001) is a place to see art from around the world, from classic masterpieces to sensational contemporary installations. The Frist’s dedicated staff and volunteers welcome visitors of all interests, backgrounds and abilities, and are eager to help visitors engage with an ever-changing lineup of paintings, sculptures, photographs, interactive media and other objects from different viewpoints, regions and time periods. The Frist’s robust community engagement program reaches all corners of Davidson County. This exhibit showcases Nick Cave’s months-long community engagement project that culminated in public performances of “Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville” at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations
Food Court Areas
Feb. 5, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019

Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, interviews by Lily Hansen, is a multimedia conversation and portrait photography series, which captures the zeitgeist that is Music City. Even while in a state of metamorphosis, Nashville also manages to stay true to its roots. 

The Flying Solo series is funded under an agreement with the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

PHOTOS: Press photographs of the art are available here:

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.


Arts at the Airport, a 501(c)(3) organization, receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the State of Tennessee. For more information about Arts at the Airport, please call (615) 275-1614, send email to or visit