Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE hereafter) is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Art in the Airport program.
Throughout the year, this wildly popular program showcases the work of four artists’ from across the Midlands region and houses the work in the busiest part of the airport.
The Art in the Airport program not only enhances the experience of those passengers traveling through CAE, but it also creates an immediate sense of place to those visiting the region. Once a traveler lands, these pieces of art are the first creative and cultural touchpoints they have to the region.
“The Art in the Airport program has become something our valued passengers look forward to seeing and experiencing every time they travel through our airport. We’ve gotten calls about various artists work, as well as individuals thanking us for simply displaying local talent,” said Kim Crafton, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development. “This program not only shines a light on artists in this community but provides the perfect sense of place for our travelers. We are so grateful to welcome them to our city in this way.”
Would you like your artwork to be considered for this prestigious program? Below are details on how artists can submit work to be considered and the guidelines associated with the program.
To apply for CAE’s Art in the Airport program, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2022, by 5 p.m.
- Name, address, phone, email, website (if applicable)
- Artist bio
- Artist Statement
- At least five images representing the type of artwork anticipated to be shown
- *Note: Artists must reside in one of the following Midlands counties: Aiken, Calhoun, Clarendon Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter and Newberry.
The exhibition location will be what is commonly referred to as the “Connector” space of the main terminal. This is the walkway just past the security checkpoint that leads to the departure/arrival gates. Selected artists must be able to exhibit a minimum of 12 pieces as there are 12 wall columns in the location, six on each side of the walkway. (Multiple images/clustered groupings of work can be arranged on one column if desired/space allows).
CAE will provide labels for each piece in the exhibit to include artists’ name, contact information and the title of the piece, as well as, dimensions, type of medium and selling price of the piece. CAE will also provide signage for the exhibit to include the artist’s bio and/or statement.
Exhibitions must be physically suited to the space, allowing for uninterrupted traffic flow. If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire and install their artwork at their own expense. Artists must be willing to sign CAE’s Artwork Loan and Hold Harmless Agreement. (CAE staff will not be able to assist with any installation).
Selected artists are welcome to preview the exhibit location by contacting Kim Jamieson Crafton, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, at K.Crafton@flycae.com as a staff escort is required to access the location without a boarding pass.
Submissions will be reviewed by CAE’s selection committee, comprised of a mix of local art professionals as well as CAE staff members. Artists selected for the rotating art exhibit will be notified January 6th, 2023, and a public announcement will be made on January 10th.
Timeline of 2023 Exhibits:
Each selected artist will be given a three-month time to display their exhibit at the airport. The 2023 exhibit timeline will be:
March – May 2023
June – August 2023
September – November 2023
December – February 2023
Art displayed at CAE is insured by the Columbia Metropolitan Airport while on site; however, the transportation to and from the airport is not covered. Prior to installation, the artist will provide CAE with a description of the exhibit pieces to include the title and value of each piece.
CAE does not charge artists to exhibit their work but will require a 5% commission on each piece sold. This commission will be reinvested into the CAE Art in the Airport program – enhancing display opportunities and required signage. All art transactions must be conducted between CAE, the artist and the purchaser.