Pittsburgh International Airport Is Seeking An Artist In Residence

Jul 31, 2017

The Pittsburgh International Airport is seeking an artist-in-residence for a year-long program to culminate with a new piece of art for the airport.

The chosen artist will spend between 8 and 16 hours, or more, at the airport each week. He or she will be tasked with getting to know the layout, the facility, the employees and the travelers. The piece is intended to shine a light on the Steel City, said airport spokeswoman Alyson Walls.

“We think the arts community and culture here in the city of Pittsburgh is wonderful, and we want to have more of that reflected here for passengers to see as they’re traveling through,” Walls said.

Only London’s Heathrow, San Diego and Tampa International airports have hosted similar programs, she said.

“Those artists produced very different projects and works of art,” said Walls. “I think the artist at London produced a book that was written based on his experiences talking to travelers and sharing some of their stories. The project produced in San Diego was another collection of traveler stories, an interactive type of exhibit.”

The chosen artist can work in any medium, and the residency will be funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 28. An artist will be chosen in September.