Art at Indianapolis International Airport

July 2017

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.

The current exhibitions are on display until November 12, 2017:


The spring and early summer exhibitions at Indianapolis International Airport highlight four artists, all teachers, working in different media and styles that show the breadth and variety of contemporary Indiana art.


Screen Shot 2017 03 17 at 2.19.46 PMClay artist Lesley Baker takes her imagery from designs found in historical wallpaper, world currencies, and ceramics of all places and eras. To her, clay is a simple raw material that has been used to create precious objects: she uses aspects of both simplicity and preciousness in her work. Baker’s altered natural flora and fauna in the New Growth exhibition ask viewers to look more closely at the changing world around them. Baker is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art & Design, and lives in Indianapolis. In 2013 she received a prestigious Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council, and has been an Artist in Residence at several well-known clay centers around the world.



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Marna Shopoff finds inspiration from the interconnectivity of human experience, place, and personal memory. Using painting techniques of glazing, perspective and layering, she creates the illusion of space and depth on the surface of her vibrant abstract paintings. Shopoff explores the ideas of place identity and visual memory, through the use of architectural elements and the metaphorical use of color, in her Ticket Hall show, Layered.

Press image 5 UPDATED detail of All ShadesShopoff is an Indianapolis-based visual artist who received both her BFA and MFA from Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. She has led panel discussions on abstract learning and haptic (experiential) drawing at international conferences, has an exhibition and artist residency portfolio that spans both local and international projects, and has received numerous awards and recognition including an Individual Artist Program Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. She is currently represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA. 




The work of Samuel E. Vázquez is influenced by his youthful experiences in New YorkCity, where he was one of the early “style writers” at the very beginning of hip-hop culture. His paintings in the Ticket Hall investigate the resilience of humanity and its gift of rising beyond social constructs with vibrant colors, uninhibited gestures, and relentless energy. Created specifically for the airport context, the paintings incorporate references to airport codes worldwide and imagery related to traveling and experiencing new cultures.

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Vázquez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up in New York City. He is an independent artist who splits his time between Indianapolis and New York, lecturing on the history of style writing and exhibiting in museums and galleries in both cities. He is a 2017 Scholar in Residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and a 2017-2018 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. 




Orie Shafer headshot 2017

Orie Shafer, a mixed-media artist, finds beauty in the expression of scientific principles. Lectures to Myself, an ongoing series, provides a way for viewers to appreciate math and science visually rather than rationally. Shafer, himself a poor science student as a child, explores physics, astronomy, chemistry, and geometry using drawings, paintings, and collages. The altar form that these works frequently take is a deliberate allusion to the time periods when many scientific discoveries were made, which were also times of great leaps in religious thinking and artistic breakthroughs. His exhibition is on view in the Concourse B exhibition cas

Press image Lectures to Myself Earth Equation14X15X5 ink colored pencil oil on paper wood enamel 2007Shafer was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Manchester University, Purdue University, and Indiana University for degrees and postgraduate work in art education. Now retired from teaching, he was a fixture at schools in and around Lafayette, Indiana, for 35 years while creating and exhibiting his own work widely and extensively. He also served as the art critic for several publications in the Lafayette area, and retired in 2006 from the Naval Reserves with the rank of Commander.   Several bodies of Shafer’s work can be viewed at



Image credits:

Shopoff: Detail from All Shades of Blue, 2015, oil and ink on canvas

Vázquez: #16, 2017, mixed media on canvas

Shafer: Lectures to Myself: Earth Equation, 2007, ink, colored pencil, oil on paper with wood and enamel

Moschner: Still from Penguins: The Magic Hat, computer animation, 2016-2017

VIDEO PROJECT: Penguins: The Magic Hat by Jarrod Moschner

Penguins in tub

On view through December 31, 2017

In addition to the visual art exhibitions, visitors can also enjoy video art on the large screen above the main escalator/stairway to Baggage Claim. Video art is screened several times an hour.

Indianapolis-based animation artist Jarrod Moschner has created a custom version of his award-winning short Penguins: The Magic Hat specifically for display at Indianapolis International Airport. In the story, a group of curious penguins finds a magic hat that has escaped its wizard owner and uses it to travel through space and time, visiting wonders they never dreamed of, before finally being magically transported home. Moschner’s whimsical animation appears onscreen at unpredictable intervals, as penguins often do. For a preview, visit

Moschner headshot with penguinsMoschner is a freelance artist, video production specialist, and the proprietor of Tropical Squirrel Productions. He received his A.S. in Graphic Design and A.A.S. in Web and Multi-Media Design from Ivy Tech Community College. Moschner’s artistic work can be seen at GenCon and at animation festivals nationwide. See more of his work at



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 in 2017: visit our Artist Opportunities website for more information. 

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