Art at Indianapolis International Airport

July 2019

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.

 8nEdZMMWThe ticketing hall cases and Concourse B case currently house Indiana, Naturally: A Nature Photography Competition

The photographs in this exhibition were submitted as part of a national competition, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy in Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, which took place in the winter of 2018. Jurors Emily Wood (Indiana Wildlife Federation), Derek Luchik (The Nature Conservancy), Chip Sutton (The Nature Conservancy), and Indianapolis-based photographer JD Nolan selected 38 exemplary images from a pool of 327 artworks submitted by 57 adult amateur and adult professional photographers.

Locations Screen Shot 2019 07 18 at 3.43.23 PMrange from backyards to national parks, and subject matter includes plant life, landscapes and wildlife. Both straight photography and “artistic” interpretations are included in the exhibition. Award winners and images taken at Nature Conservancy properties have received special designations.

The exhibition is on display until November 10, 2019.

Participating artsts:

  • Amber Beams
  • Amanda Black
  • Elaine Butler
  • Radhika Cherukuru
  • Samia Dockery
  • Lea Foster
  • Dave Galloway
  • Michael Gard
  • Ronda Hamm
  • Jackie Huppenthal
  • Ryan Jeske
  • Susan Kirt
  • Gary Morrison
  • Bonnie Phillips
  • John Puffer
  • Stephanie Ruiter
  • Erin Scchuerman
  • Darrell Staggs
  • Dorothy Strange
  • Karen Wade
  • Adam Wilson
  • Robert Wrenn

: Liz Wierzbicki: An Open Flight
July 1 - December 31, 2019

An Open Flight collages video taken on-site at Indianapolis International Airport into a fantasy composite of a flight experience.  A disembodied arm pulls back the landscape of the airfield at night as if it were a curtain, to reveal several portholes of an airplane with a different “portrait” of a plane in flight visible through each window. The curtain is then replaced to reveal a bright morning with a rising sun.

Wierzbicki’s video and physical collages bring together various images that, in combination, attempt to visualize emotional states that are insubstantial and fleeting.  She uses clouds and sky as metaphors for the infinite complexity of the mind, and views of the point where sky meets earth as a stand-in for the junction of mind and body. Curtains both reveal and conceal this complicated, immaterial landscape, the space between the physical and emotional self that Wierzbicki is interested in exploring.



Liz Wierzbicki received her BA in mathematics and fine art from Augustana College and her MFA in Visual Art from the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI.  She is a co-founder and the program director at Cat Head Press Printshop and Artist Cooperative, with two locations on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside.  Wierzbicki exhibits her printmaking, collage, and video work around Indianapolis and the Midwest. She lives and works in Indianapolis.





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


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




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