A Survey of Airport Art

Airports across the country feature public art because they recognize that it enhances the travel experience. Examples include:

  • Logan Airport - Boston Public Art Program

    The Boston Logan International Airport Public Art Program is dedicated to enhancing the air travel experience of our customers.

  • Chicago O'Hare Airport

    Chicago's airports have long served as a canvas for the City's public arts with an emphasis on local and global interests.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

    The centerpieces of DFW's multimillion dollar Public Art Program are International Terminal D and the Skylink train stations. More than 30 local, national and international artists were selected to design the works that are featured throughout the terminal and Skylink stations.

  • Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places

    Almost five hundred art installations enrich and enliven public areas such as airports, transit lines, libraries, fire stations, and government buildings. Educational programming includes tours, lectures, artists-in-residencies, and collaborative projects with Miami- Dade County Public Schools. One of the first public art programs in the country, Art in Public Places (APP) was established in 1973 with the passage of an ordinance allocating 1.5% of county construction funds for artworks which are site-specific, permanent and integrated with architecture.

  • San Diego Airport
  • Block Island Airport

    The Airport Galleries are a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.

  • Seattle SEA-TAC Airport

    The Public Art Program is charged with developing a broad collection of permanent artwork that supports and enhances the mission of the Airport Authority.

    Our art collection features some of the finest contemporary work in glass, sculpture, photography, painting and sound. Some of the works are by 20th century artists of great renown, such as Frank Stella, Louise Nevelson and Robert Rauschenberg. Many more are by regional and emerging artists who vitalize the collection with wit, charm, beauty and occasional irreverence.

  • Tampa International Airport

    As Tampa International Airport enhances the body of its building through a historic expansion, we invite artists to elevate its soul through our art program. The new program will build on a more than 40-year commitment to artwork that reflects our community and ourselves.

  • Los Angeles International Airport

    The mission of the Art Program is to present diverse and memorable art experiences to enhance and humanize the travel experience at LAXC and LA/Ontario International Airports, and the LAX FlyAway Bus Terminal in Van Nuys. Featuring local and regional artists through temporary exhibitions, permanent art Installations, and cultural performances, the Art Program provides access to an array of contemporary artworks that reflect and celebrate the regions creative caliber.

  • Philadelphia International Airport

    In 1998 Philadelphia International Airport established an Exhibitions Program — a visual arts initiative to humanize the Airport environment, provide visibility for Philadelphia’s unique cultural life, and to enrich the experience of the traveling public.

  • Nashsville International Airport

    Created in 1988 by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), Arts at the Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent in Tennessee.

  • Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

    Atlanta’s commitment to public art can be traced to 1977, when a city ordinance dedicated 1 percent of eligible capital construction budgets to the arts. Since then, the Airport Art Program has built a reputation for its commitment to providing world-class art exhibits, collections and musical series.

  • Denver International Airport

    Denver International Airport was named “Best U.S. Airport for Art” in USA Today’s “10 Best Reader’s Choice” travel contest in 2013. The category focuses on how airports have been transforming from utilitarian hubs of transport to spaces with beautiful works of art, great restaurants, comfy lounges and terrific shopping.

  • Houston Interconinental Airport

    The Houston Airport System is fortunate in having one of the largest collections of public art in the state of Texas.

  • Pittsburgh International Airport & Allegheny County Airport

    The Allegheny County Airport Authority Art Advisory Committee Mission Statement:
    To manage an art collection of style, diversity and beauty to be enjoyed by our traveling
    public and employees that also promotes public art and enhances the airport environment.

About Airport Public Art in Print

  • Travel + Leisure

    Sacramento International Airport

    Fortunately for travelers connecting through northern California, Sacramento law recommends that for every county construction project, 2% of the funds be used for public art. At the airport, that translates into 18 playful works, each designed to “infuse your journey with culture before you ever leave the ground.” Even if you drove into town, the airport's worth a trip. Many of the pieces, including Lawrence Argent’s massive “Leap,” (pictured here) are located before security, so you can pop in and take a look, sans-ticket.

  • Stuck At The Airport

    Public Art features from Airports across the Country

  • American Style Magazine

    Arts Travel: Airport’s Public Art Takes Flight

    Travelers at the San Francisco International Airport’s newly renovated Terminal 2 will be treated to near museum-like experience, with the introduction of five new art works and the reinstallation of 20 works already in the airport’s collection.

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Airports Invest in Public Art

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Airports for Art Lovers  

    Though Most Fliers Just Rush By, Public Art Thrives at Airports, From Dutch Masters to a Giant Red Rabbit.

  • Best U.S. Airports for Art

    As chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10 Best