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Arts at the Airport: Winter Flying Solo Series Opens Dec. 3

Arts at the Airport: Winter Flying Solo Series Opens Dec. 3 

NASHVILLE – The winter installment of the Flying Solo series at Nashville International Airport (BNA) will open Dec. 3, 2018, and runs through Feb. 24, 2019. The exhibit is part of BNA’s Arts at the Airport program.

Each season, the Flying Solo series offers arts organizations and gifted local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work at BNA. The Winter 2018/2019 Flying Solo series artists include Teresa Hays, Vickie Vipperman, Wilson Lee Jr. and Ron Lowery. Additionally, the Frist Art Museum has an exhibit on Concourse A in the Community Art Cases.

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

Teresa Hays and Vickie Vipperman

Art Case
Concourses A & B Meeter-Greeter Lounge
Dec. 3, 2018 – Feb. 24, 2019

Textile artist Teresa Hays has been dyeing, marbling, painting and printing fabric full-time since 1989. After maintaining a production marbling studio for almost 30 years, Hays’ current studio work is focused on dyeing fabric.

Vickie Vipperman is a weaver and dyer of contemporary textiles used primarily to construct clothing and accessories. She has a fine arts degree in fabric design from the University of Georgia and is a juried member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen.

Wilson Lee Jr.

Art Case
Concourse C Meeter-Greeter Lounge
Dec. 3, 2018 – Feb. 24, 2019

Wilson Lee Jr. was born into a family of woodworkers in Greenville, Miss. His first steps as a child were toward a bowl of shellac in his father’s shop. The family, including his mother, brother, aunts and uncles, refinished and repaired antique furniture. After learning the steps to refinishing furniture, the art of woodcarving allowed for more creativity. Woodcarving was a way to comment on the world in which he lived. Lee started carving at age 12. The work grew up with him, in a changing world, during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. He wanted to capture the spirit of that time in his work. Each work became a statement on what was happening in the world around him.

Ron Lowery

Concourse C
Across from Gates C-10 and C-13
Dec. 3, 2018 – Feb. 24, 2019

Ron Lowery works from his art studio in the sky. Nothing excites him more than discovering and photographing unusual scenes and textures from above. Using a special airplane he and his son built, he has flown over 35 states to satisfy his passion for exploration and art. In 2003, tackling the greatest challenge of his life, he retraced the route of Lewis and Clark from the air. Flying 14,000 miles in his open-cockpit plane, he provided a new artistic perspective on the entire rugged country that the brave explorers discovered. Lowery, and his unusual flying lifestyle, have been profiled on PBS and by many national and international publications. He continues to do talks and shows across the country, as well as flying and having adventures.

Frist Art Museum

Art Cases
Concourse A near Gate A-2
Sept. 3, 2018 – Feb. 24, 2019

Community Art Project and Performance: Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville
The Concourse A art cases feature community art selections inspired by a Frist Art Museum exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, which showed at the Frist Nov. 10, 2017, to June 24, 2018. The exhibit featured work that explored themes of identity and social justice through a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation art, video and performance. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Chicago-based artist orchestrated a months-long community engagement project that culminated in public performances at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

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, Nashville International Airport showcases the region’s visual and performing arts, which receive 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 Nashville International Airport (BNA) 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