Art at Indianapolis International Airport

July 2018

In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Arts Council of Indianapolis manages the award-winning temporary exhibition program at Indianapolis International Airport. The Arts Council curates rotating installations in closed cases in the main terminal, commissions new work for the video screens above the main escalator/staircase, and operates a long-term loan program for large sculpture outdoors in the North Terminal Garden.

This summer and fall, enjoy artwork at the airport that takes you on a journey from Italy to Brazil, back in time, and deep within the nature of existence itself, to tell us that no matter how different we all seem, we are all intimately connected on this planet where we live.

The current exhibitions are on display until November 11, 2018:

bowl in a room House of Siricus 

John Puffer headshotJohn Puffer, a professor of photography and art history at Vincennes University in southern Indiana, presents his photographs of the ancient, ruined city of Pompeii taken over a span of twenty years.  In Pompeii:  What Remains, Puffer’s interest is in the life of the ordinary people who lived there. Wall paintings decorating the domestic spaces, the way light streams into rooms at a certain time of day, and a niche that used to house statues of household gods speak to him of a time and place that is long ago in time and place, yet so familiar to our own experience.  This exhibition is located in the Concourse B exhibition case.


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FullSizeR1Purdue University art professor Petronio Bendito combines visual experimentation in color and pattern with photographs taken from his worldwide travels, including his native country of Brazil, in an installation that reminds us that we live in a globalized society.  The installation, titled Global Citizen, also includes related works that elaborate on how we perceive color.  The installation can be seen in the Ticket Hall.


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Stahl headshot 2Indianapolis artist Barbara Stahl’s painting Dancing Strings, created especially for the airport, came out of her fascination with “string theory,” a concept developed by physicists to describe the world and everything in it.  According to string theory, both matter and energy are a result of the harmonies of infinitesimally small, infinitely numerous, one-dimensional “strings” vibrating:  to Stahl, this means that we are all connected and are part of a collective universal symphony.  Her painting, located in the Ticket Hall, allows us a glimpse of her interpretation of this concept and helps us visualize the strings that bind us all together.


VIDEO PROJECT: Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, 2 Fragments of Motion

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Toby Kaufmann-Buhler: 2 Fragments of Motion

Multimedia artist Toby Kaufmann-Buhler comes from a long line of writers both in this country and in Germany. Fascinated with both his family history and the words they wrote, he created 2 Fragments of Motion to knit phrases from different generations and text types into a sentence that almost makes sense but requires the viewer to use their imagination to fill in the blanks and create meaning from the seemingly random collection of words. Each viewer will read the sentence in their own way, depending on their own experiences, much as each generation of a family conforms in its own way to their present while maintaining connections to the past. The video--originally captured on Super-8 film and then re-shot digitally--can be viewed several times each hour through December 31, on the screen above the main escalator/stair between Civic Plaza and Baggage Claim.

View 2 Fragments of Motion here

Toby Kaufmann-Buhler received his B.A. in Fine Art from the University of South Florida and his M.A. in Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art, London, England. His work is alternatively classified as video, sound, or light, and he often collaborates with other artists such as musicians, photographers, and coders. He has had recent solo exhibitions in Madison, Wisconsin and Asheville, North Carolina, and has participated in group shows at LangLab in South Bend, Indiana; ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Listen Hear in Indianapolis, Art in Odd Places in Orlando, Florida; and Santa Fe, New Mexico, among many others. Kaufmann-Buhler lives and works in Lafayette, Indiana and is a full-time practicing artist.


2 fragments of motion (parallel) - Indianapolis International Airport from Toby Kaufmann-Buhler on Vimeo.




Tussle, by Chicago artist Ted Sitting Crow Garner, is on view in the North Terminal Garden through mid-2018.


 Proposals are currently being sought for indoor installations at the Indianapolis International Airport: visit our Artist Opportunities website for more information. 




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