Art at Indianapolis International Airport

November 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 March 11, 2018:


 The current temporary exhibitions combine an experienced artist with two emerging artists, all presenting different visions that remind us how representational art continues to astound and delight art lovers.


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Douglas David, a longtime Indianapolis-area painter beloved for his impressionistic style, presents four paintings of the Indiana landscape as it is seen through the four seasons. The colors are vibrant, the technique is flawless, and as we lose ourselves in the scenery we realize anew how wonderful it is to love where we live.

Screen Shot 2017 11 14 at 3.46.32 PMDavid is an honors graduate of the Herron School of Art, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and has studied with the famed instructor Frank Mason among other well-known contemporary realist painters. He exhibits regularly around the country and has received numerous awards and honors, with his work in countless private and public collections. David is a 2007-08 recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ prestigious Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship [link:], and was named a Distinguished Hoosier in 2006. His work is on view in the Ticket Hall.






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Also in the Ticket Hall is a large piece by Derrick Carter, working in the unusual medium of sand to create compositions that blend dreams and reality. DREAM interweaves images of popular culture heroes with characters and visions from within the artist’s mind, textured and sparkling, as an encouragement to live life unrestricted by disbelievers and nay-sayers.

Carter, an Indianapolis resident, graduated from the Art Institute of Indianapolis with a B.A. in Graphic Design. He is one of two 2016 recipients of the Arts Council’s Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship.

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Screen Shot 2017 11 14 at 3.53.29 PMBenny 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.


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Image credits

Douglas David, Fall, oil on canvas

Derrick Carter, detail of DREAM, sand and acrylic on canvas, 2017

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 headshot GOOD.jpegBryn 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. 




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