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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:

Catherine Eyde exhibits Collaboration with Aria, a series of work created by mother and daughter during an art residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This exhibit is in TIA's Upper Link Gallery through May.

Under the Desert Sky, with phtographs and paintings from three local artists: Tessa Davis, Tom Dudley, and Nancy Wilkinson in TIA's Lower Link Gallery through June.

Jesa Townsend exhibits, Integral Love Songs, a series of acrylic paintings along Concourse B through June.

Kerry Karns exhibits, Pictures of the Desert Southwest, a series of mixed media modern abstract paintings along Concourse B through August.

Select pieces from Pima Community College Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery's Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition are on display in Welcome Lounge A, lower level near baggage belt #7.

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

Program criteria

Application form

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