Believe it or not, Philadelphia International Airport actually has many small art galleries. Many are only accessible to ticketed visitors but a few are open to the public.
The first exhibition open to the public is;
“Public Art Philadelphia”
And is found in Terminals A-West, Ground Level where you will find a wonderful exhibition of black-and-white photographs. This collection is a small survey of the city’s well known and extensive collection of public art and includes images of Emmanuel Frémiet’s Joan of Arc (1890), Frederic Remington’s Cowboy (1908), Alexander Calder’s Swann Fountain Memorial (1924), Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture (1976) and Martin Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees (1993).
Take a moment and visit PHL’s page listing current exhibitions, http://www.phl.org/arts/current/Pages/current.aspx
The second exhibition open to the public is;
“SCIENCE, NATURE, & ART in PHILADELPHIA”
SNAP @ The Wagner Free Institute of Science
And is found at Youth Art Gallery, located in Terminal A-East Baggage Claim
The following is an excerpt from the PHL page describing this excellent exhibition.
“The Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia, was founded in 1855 by William Wagner (1796-1885), a Philadelphia merchant, philanthropist, scientist, and an avid lifelong collector of natural history specimens.
This exhibition features artwork by 8th-grade students from the Philadelphia School District’s Kearny School. The 6-week-long program directly supports the school’s science curriculum, enabling students to better understand and creatively translate what they have learned into artistic forms of expression. Scientists and artists share many like-minded processes including observation, curiosity, experimentation, discovery, and persistence — all traits likely shared by William Wagner himself.”
Take the time to visit this page on the PHL site and read the entire article, it is fascinating and very educational, http://www.phl.org/arts/current/Pages/SNAP2016.aspx .
The third exhibition open to the public is;
“How Philly Moves”
A Public Art Project by the Mural Arts Program and Photographer Jacques-Jean Tiziou
And is found at Terminal B-C Baggage Claim
The following is an excerpt from the PHL page describing this landmark exhibition.
“The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia photographer Jacques-Jean Tiziou have created The How Philly Moves Mural, an extraordinary artwork located on the parking garages at Philadelphia International Airport. The How Philly Moves Mural has transformed the garages’ exterior into a memorable gateway for millions of travelers and visitors to the region.
The mural is a celebration of Philadelphia’s longstanding dance traditions and features a diverse range of dancing figures, both professional and amateur dancers from across the area. Representing a variety of dance styles from tap to freestyle – even traditional Aztec dance brought by recent immigrants to the city – the mural welcomes guests from all over the world as the joy of dance and energy of the movement is palpable.”
Take the time to visit this page and read the entire article, it is a great story and a great accomplishment, http://www.phl.org/arts/current/Pages/HowPhillyMoves.aspx.
Next time you are at PHL make and take the time to see these exhibitions, they are worth it.