The Tucson International Airport Arts and Culture Program consists of a permanent collection, rotating exhibits, and a performing arts program, Live at TIA!
In 1987 the Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors made a commitment to acquire art for the airport. More than 40 original works of art by artists living in Tucson's air service trade area, which includes Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties and northern Sonora, Mexico, are represented in the collection.
In 2008, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Tucson Airport Authority, several site specific works were selected for the terminal. A guide to the TIA permanent art collection is available at the Airport Information counters inside the lower level entrances to the terminal.
Temporary exhibits by regional artists are also featured in the airport's galleries:
New in the Lower Link Gallery through August 31, Color Drifts, uniquely dyed cotton paintings on canvas by local artist Holly Swangstu (http://www.hollyswangstu.com/).
In the TIA Upper Link Gallery through June 30, abstract paintings by local artist Dlyn Fairfax Parra (http://artbydlyn.com/aboutus.php).
In the TIA Center Gallery through May 31, abstract paintings by local artists Kathryn Gastelum (www.studiokgastelum.com) and Eileen Dudley.
Several other spaces in the terminal are also designated for community arts and culture displays. At security checkpoint A, Sporting Arizona, by Patricia Redding.
Currently showing in the departure hallway at security checkpoint B, Reptile Portraiture by Jayme A. Kelter (http://www.jaymekelter.com/6thday.htm) and in the arrivals hallway, Arizona People & Places by Thomas Harrington, on display through September 30.
In the ARTport, TIA's employee art gallery: photographs by Scott Kimble; and paintings, photographs, and drawings by Jennifer Montgomery.