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Arts and Culture

The Tucson International Airport Arts and Culture Program consists of a permanent collection, rotating exhibits, and a performing arts program, Live at TIA!

Permanent Collection

In 1987 the Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors made a commitment to acquire art for the airport. More than 40 original works of art by artists living in Tucson's air service trade area,  which includes Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties and northern Sonora, Mexico, are represented in the collection.

In 2008, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Tucson Airport Authority, several site specific works were selected for the terminal. A guide to the TIA permanent art collection is available at the Airport Information counters inside the lower level entrances to the terminal.


Temporary exhibits by regional artists are also featured in the airport's galleries:

Mary Bourret  exhibits Spirit of Light, a series of abstract paintings in TIA's Upper Link Gallery through February 2015. A public reception is planned for Sunday, January 11 from 2-4pm. 

Peggy Wilmore exhibits, Wet Streets & Desert Dwellers, from two related series of oil painitngs along Concourse B through mid December.

Ellen Campbell exhibits, Inner Landscape, a series of modern abstract paintings along Concourse B through December.

Judy O'Toole Frame and Mirle Frame exhibit illustrations from their book, Zigzag the Rocking Roadrunner, in Lower Link Gallery through December 14.

Select pieces from Pima Community College Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery's current exhibit, Then and Now is on display in Welcome Lounge A, lower level near baggage belt #7 through February 4, 2015.

In the ARTport, TIA's employee art gallery: paintings and drawings by Mary-Katherine Stillwell, along with photographs by Autumn Stillwell,  Scott Kimble and Jennifer Montgomery.

Coming soon, to TIA's Lower Link Gallery, a photographic exhibit by Edlynne Sillman with a public reception on Sunday, December 21 from 2-4pm.

Program criteria

Application form


Live at TIA! Performing Arts Program are also featured throughout the year:

More specifically, December is filled with holiday performances by groups from southern Arizona.

Thursday, December 18, 1:30 pm Palo Verde High School Jubileers and Jazz Band

Thursday, December 18, 7-9:00 p.m. Guitarist Cam Cook

Friday, December 19, 1:30-2:00 p.m. Sonoran Science Academy's American History Club Singers

Friday, December 19, 3:30-4 p.m. Sahuaro High School Choir

Friday, December 19, 6-7:00 p.m. Pianist Howard E. Zlamal, Sunnyside High School

Saturday, December 20 4-8:00 p.m. Harpist Nicolette Mortensen

Sunday, December 21 4-5:00 p.m. Rincon University High School Choraliers

Sunday, December 21, 7-9:00 p.m. Clarinetist Harriet Siskin

Monday, December 22, 7-9:00 p.m. Pianist Robert LeGendre

Tuesday, December 23, 11:30-2:00 p.m. Arizona Stage Coach- Magic Voice Studio

Tuesday, December 23, 4-8:00 p.m. Harpist Nicolette Mortensen

Monday, December 29, 7-9:00 Pianist Robert LeGendre

Local performers entertain in TIA's Welcome Lounges on the lower level of the terminal. Click here for program criteria and application form or email for more information about any of the Arts & Culture programs.