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 June 2018:
For more than 90 years, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth. They have grown to be the United States’ highest honor for teens in Visual Art and Creative Writing, and the largest source of arts scholarships and other artistic support for youth in grades 7-12. The program is the best opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents and compete among their peers nationally.
Benny Sanders sketches the downtown stretch of the White River using charcoal, acrylic, and wax on canvas. Dark and brooding, the scale is monumental and signs of urban life are minimized. The result is something elemental, and through his work we understand why this body of water has fascinated artists for over a hundred years.
After graduating with a BFA in printmaking from Ball State University in 2006, Benny toured professionally with musical acts and put off making art for over ten years. In 2016, he began drawing and studying oil painting on his own. The landscape drawing is on view in Concourse B, near the security checkpoint.
Benny Sanders, studio view of Riverside, charcoal, acrylic and wax on canvas, 2017
VIDEO PROJECT: Shift by Bryn Jackson
Bryn Jackson: Still from Shift
Indianapolis-based artist Bryn Jackson’s video, SHIFT, is on view at Indianapolis International Airport from January 1 through June 30, 2018. The artwork is part of a continuing program at the airport that highlights Central Indiana artists working in new media.
Jackson, an independent media artist and photographer, created SHIFT as part of an ongoing series of short works, for which he uses his cell phone as his primary creative tool. The basis of the work is naturalistic footage of Indiana grass blowing in the wind; Jackson then digitally alters the image to capture its essential visual components through brilliant color and stylized movement. The resulting combination of the chaotic source and the controlled production technique is a unique collaboration of nature and artist that transforms a familiar sight into something exciting and unexpected.
SHIFT will be playing several times each hour at irregular intervals on the big screen above the main escalator/stair. It is best viewed by passengers arriving through Civic Plaza and descending to Baggage Claim. See the full artwork here.
Bryn Jackson received a B.F.A. in Film and Television from New York University and an M.F.A. in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been creating works in photography and video since 2009, and his work has been exhibited & screened at festivals and galleries nationwide. In 2015 he was a resident artist at Calli Huitzilin in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jackson currently lives in Indianapolis and works at Newfields as the Assistant Curator of Audience Engagement and Performance.
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.