Celebrate Arts in the Airports!
Arts Program at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, through its Arts Program, welcomes visitors to the National Capital Region from across the country and around the world. Here at the Airports you can experience diverse regional, national and international rotating exhibits, dynamic live performances and new and innovative public art displays that celebrate the stately beauty, spirit and great creativity of the National Capital Region.
As part of our performing arts program, the Airports Authority brings musicians, singers, dancers and other artists to Washington’s airports to provide entertainment for our passengers to enjoy throughout the year.
The Gallery Walk (Rotating Exhibits)
The Gallery Walk is located in Historic Terminal A between the Historic Lobby and the present-day ticketing lobby. The gallery includes case displays and wall display areas for two and three-dimensional works by artists from all over the local area.
Current Exhibit: "Color of Joy: An International Perspective" provided by Nia Tavlarides Stratos and Central Asian Art will be on display until May 30, 2014. The exhibit showcases vibrant, abstract, collages, mixed-media and other artistic expressions. The colorful paintings of flowers, landscapes and geometric patterns is designed to draw travelers to the various color palates. Nearly 30 works of art will boarder the pedestrian walkway along Gallery Walk as passengers travel through this visually inviting area to their destinations.
Pictured above is "American Hollyhock" painting by artist Beata Murawska. One of several works of art on display in "Color of Joy: An International Perspective".
Reagan National Airport frequently hosts rotating art exhibits on the baggage claim level. Stay tuned for next exhibit that will be featured.
When Terminal B/C was constructed, an Architectural Enhancement Program integrated commissioned artworks into the architecture of the Terminal. Each piece is integral to the building. Renowned Architect Cesar Pelli, who designed the Terminal, called it “a rich sequence of visual experiences.” Thirty individual works are permanent features in the building—including 10 floor medallions on the Concourse; 11 balustrades that overlook the Concourse; 5 murals; 1 bridge sculpture; 1 sunscreen panel on the south wall of the ticket level lobby; and 2 stained glass friezes on the concourse-airside curtain wall. The pieces include a great variety of materials: stained glass, marble and glass mosaics, terrazzo, cast bronze, hammered aluminum and copper, painted steel, porcelain enamel and traditional paint on board and canvas. Numerous local and national organizations were contacted to reach out to the widest possible variety of artists for the program.
You can view photographs of all 30 works by clicking here
Tours of the Architectural Enhancement Program are conducted by seasoned art docents from local Washington museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tours will be conducted Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Two weeks advance notice is requested to set up a tour. For information and reservations, please call (703) 417-0895.