by Jake Townsend

Arts at the Airport began in 1988 to showcase creative talent and cultural diversity in Tennessee. Through a partnership with Bonnaroo Works Fund, this ideal is expressed every year. The five winning entires for the third annual Bonnaroo-themed artistic skylight exhibition at Nashville International Airport (BNA) have been announced: Keith Oliver, Cat Chiu Phillips, Brian Somerville, Allison Svoboda, and a collaborative entry by Jake Elliott, Gaby Castillejos and Tony Gibson.

From left to right is Mary Grissim, curator for Arts at the Airport; Jake Elliot, winning artist; Brian Somerville, winning artist; and Nina Miller, executive director of Bonnaroo Work Fund.

From left to right is Mary Grissim, curator for Arts at the Airport; Jake Elliot, winning artist; Brian Somerville, winning artist; and Nina Miller, executive director of Bonnaroo Work Fund.

The winning entries will suspend from the airport ceiling in the five skylights located on each of the three concourses. Each winning individual or team receives a $2,000 honorarium for their entires. The exhibit is on display through January 22, 2017, and features artists who are internationally recognized with exhibits challenging the boundaries of artistic experience across the nation.

“Congratulations to the winning entires,” said Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. “The final installations reflect our Arts at the Airport program, showcase Bonnaroo’s impact on our statewide community, and enhance the Nashville Airports Experience for our passengers, business partners, and employees.” Bonnaroo festival co-producer Ashley Capps contributes to this sentiment by stating, “Bonnaroo-Themed Skylights and Exhibition at BNA encourages and supports art and artists while underscoring our commitment to Bonnaroo’s home state.”

The five winning entires were selected by a jury comprised of representatives from Bonnaroo, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, and Arts at the Airport. The Bonnaroo Works Fund was established in 2009 with a mission to make the world a better place through its support of nonprofit organizations that advance the arts, education and environmental sustainability. The exhibit will be displayed through January 22, 2017.

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