The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, in partnership with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, have selected artists to participate in rotating exhibition opportunities at the airport.
A call to artists was issued in December 2013 with over 60 Midlands artists responding. “The response to our call to artists was outstanding and the work presented for consideration was of the highest caliber,” said Norree Boyd-Wicks, executive director of the Cultural Council. “We are excited to provide this opportunity for our visual artists to exhibit their work to the traveling public.”
Exhibitions will rotate every two months. 2-D work will be mounted on walls between the security checkpoint and the food court. Work by 3-D artists will be exhibited in a secured exhibition case at the entrance of the atrium from the ticketing concourse. Travelers to and from Columbia will be introduced to Midlands artists through their work and will be provided information to contact the artist if they wish to purchase any of the pieces.
The first 2-D artist to exhibit during the period of March and April is silk painter Libby Bussinah. She will be followed by Tish Lowe during May and June, Kirkland Smith in July and August, Mark Conrardy in September and October, photographer Charles Hite in November and December, and Alicia Leeke in January and February 2015. The schedule of 3-D artists includes Jemes Davis in March and April, followed by Pat Gilmartin in May and June, Linda Lake in July and August, Susan Lenz Dingman in September and October, Curran Stone in November and December, and P Steele in January and February 2015.
“The arts provide a great introduction to our area. We have such fine artists living here, and exhibiting their work to the traveling public will enhance the travel experience to the traveler and provide exposure to the artist and their work,” said Dan Mann, executive director of the airport. “It’s a win-win-win situation for the public, the airport, and the artist community.”