Call for Entries: Arts in the Airport Exhibition – “Celebrating McGhee Tyson Airport’s 80th Anniversary”
The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the 18th Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. 
Beginning on October 15, 2017, McGhee Tyson Airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary. In conjunction with this anniversary milestone, Arts in the Airport welcomes works that have been inspired by the past 80 years of progress within our community. Whether works of art are inspired by progress seen in aviation, transportation, or travel, this Arts in the Airport Exhibit will be one of the events that the Airport Authority highlights in its year-long anniversary campaign: “Celebrating 80 Years in 80 Ways.” More information about McGhee Tyson Airport can be found at 
Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 27 – October 18, 2017.
The deadline for entries to be received is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards.
Artists may find more information and an entry form at
The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee. Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media) and may not have previously shown at the Emporium. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance.
About the juror: John Douglas Powers was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1978. His sculptural work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, The Telfair Museum of Art, The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The Alexander Brest Museum, The Masur Museum, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Vero Beach Museum of Art and Cue Art Foundation. His videos and animations have been screened internationally. Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned his MFA in sculpture, with distinction, at the University of Georgia. His work has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe and on CBS News SundayMorning. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Virginia A Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville and is Associate Professor of Sculpture at The University of Tennessee.
More information about the program, as well as images from previous exhibitions, can be found at
About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information: Suzanne Cada,