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Arts and Culture

The Tucson International Airport (TUS) 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. Now more than 100 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.

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


Temporary exhibits by regional artists are featured in galleries located throughout the airport's passenger terminal. Currently showing:

New in the Upper Link Gallery, a series of painintgs by Mickey Eigen is on display through September 30.

In the Lower Link Gallery, Tony Ramone exhibits photographs from two series, Transient Ischemic Transit and Mad World through September 10.  

At the entrance to Concouse B, Steve Farley creates his large-scale photographs by digitally collaging many zoomed-in images to increase detail and capture changing colors, movement, and angles. Farley's sporting events series featuring UA football, UA basketball, along with an oversized (5'x13') image created Packers football game at Lambeau Field.

Pilot Kate Dawes exhibits a series of 12 semi-abstract black and white photographs titled, Plane Images, that features close-up artistic angles and sections of aircraft. Dawes says, "I love all things aviation," and her exhibition proves it. Located at the exit to Concourse B.

A display celebrating the National Parks Centennial is located on the lower level near Welcome Lounge B. The display features southern Arizona's Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Saguaro National Park,and Tumacacori National Historic Park.

OSA, the Optical Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, marking a century of innovation. As part of the celebration, they've partnered with University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences to create a Centennial Exhibit that highlights 100 iconic images representing OSA and the world of optics and photonics. Eight of those images are on display for airport visitors to see in the baggage claim area. 

Entanglement, and other large format paintings by David Andres are now on display in the center gallery. These select pieces are from a large series that explore the visual imagery of costal marine flora and fauna, netting and entanglement. Through scuba diving and underwater photography, Andres obtains imagery that he draw upon to produce his paintings that abstractly suggests the aquatic plant and animal life living in the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coastal habitats.

In the ARTport, TIA's employee art gallery, there are paintings and drawings by Mary-Katherine Stillwell along with photographs by her daughter Autumn Stillwell, graphite drawings by Brandon Montenegro and Lily Malbon, and a series of comic strip panels by Tom Burton.

2016 Exhibits Calendar

Program Criteria and Form

Live at TIA! Performing Arts Programs are also featured throughout the year. Local performers entertain in the TUS 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.