Located pre-security at the central courtyard
Located at main airport entrance
Concourses A & C
Located post-security at the end of each concourse
Located pre-security at the central courtyard
CURRENT FINE ART & CULTURE EXHIBITIONS
JULY - OCT 2020
For more information, view the rotating and permanent art
of the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission
Located throughout the Jacksonville International Airport
JAA Administration Art Gallery
Located inside the JAA Building on the 3rd floor
Located in two 20' cases at the north and south baggage claim areas
THROUGH YOUR OWN LENS | FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & INTERPRETATION IN ABSTRACT ART
Abstract, or non-representational, art has existed since the dawn of humankind, the earliest known works dating back 70,000 years. All cultures, from ancient to modern times, have a form of abstract art. Consider African block-print cloths, intricate Tibetan beadwork, Navajo blankets, Islamic geometric designs - to name just a few. These cultures have been producing their abstract artworks for centuries, before Western art began producing its own, unique versions.
All art is created within a certain context. Artists, like their art, are shaped by the era in which they are working. They are influenced by what is happening in society, politics, the current streams of intellectual thought intermingled with everyday pop culture, and their own daily lives. These factors leave impressions on the artist's mind, knowingly or not, and in turn determine the form and direction of the artwork.
Enjoying abstract art only requires an inquiring mind and our imaginations. When you look at the paintings in the gallery, what do you see? Dancing shapes, an array of colorful patterns, the path of a flowing river, nods to architecture or people, or maybe you simply see pure, cosmic energy?
Abstract art is open to interpretation, and this is one of the most beautiful aspects of it. Abstraction gives us the freedom to explore the artwork and assign our own meaning to the piece, should we choose. This intensely personal process enriches our experience viewing non-representational work.
Abstract art can also make us uneasy because we do not always automatically know what the art is “about” just by a cursory glance. Or, we assume because it doesn't look like anything specific, then it is not about anything. The truth is abstract art is not about nothing. At its basis, it is about the Elements of Art (space, color, shape, form, value, texture, and line) and the Principles of Design (balance, unity, variety, emphasis, movement, pattern, and proportion). Throughout time, the consistent success of an artist achieving excellence in these visual components within their overall body of work has dictated the victory or failure of their careers.
Abstract art is an exploration of these quintessential qualities as they are used to create a visual, visceral, cerebral, and/or emotional experience. Pablo Picasso said, “Everyone wants to understand art, why not try to understand the song of a bird?” Picasso has a point. Abstract art can't be explained adequately in words, because it's influence on people is unique to each person and speaks to the nonverbal parts of our existence. Therefore, art is an experience. When we let go of the need to put things into words and open our intuition to see where the painting takes us, we are lifted into higher spheres of consciousness.
“Abstract painting is abstract. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.” — Jackson Pollock
Featured artists in this exhibition include:
JEFF CRASS | AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY
As the son of a Nikon award-winning photographer, Jeff Crass was bound to pick up a camera at some point in his life. While attending Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, he tinkered with a camera body his father had given him, but never took it seriously. In 2012, after finding that he had an “eye,” Jeff invested in his first DSLR and has never looked back. The subjects of his photographs matter as much as the edits that he applies to each image, giving each its own life through the technology at hand. Jeff’s work focuses on the artistic view of the world around him and tries to convey that view in his images. Jeff spends as much time as possible travelling the world on his freelance adventures and capturing this amazing planet we call home. Jeff lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife, Melanie, and step-daughter, Kayla. Growing up near Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio gave Jeff an appreciation for airplanes and the wonders of aviation. It’s only fitting that, when given the opportunity to capture them as only he can, he focuses on the details. The sleek lines of the cockpit or the intricacies of the propeller and engine parts make for amazing art pieces. These works were taken in various places including the (now-defunct) Airplane Graveyard in St. Augustine and The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
AISLING MILLAR MCDONALD | CERAMICS
Aisling Millar was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1982 and immigrated to Florida in August 1994. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2000 to attend the University of North Florida. She earned a BAE in 2005 and a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2011. In 2014 she received her MFA in Sculpture from East Carolina University. Aisling is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Florida and teaches Ceramics at a private K-12 Academy.
Aisling has completed outdoor public sculpture commissions for the city of Greenville, NC, the city of Amelia Island, FL, the city of Atlantic Beach, FL, and for the Jax Chamber in Jacksonville, FL. Her outdoor steel sculptures have been exhibited throughout the eastern United States. She also creates smaller sculptures, wall hangings, are other works in a variety of materials including cast iron, ceramics, and mosaics for both public and private commissions.
STEPHEN DUNN | THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE OF HOME
I currently reside in Jacksonville, but I am from Pittsburg, PA. My studio is located in CoRK Art District, where I do my studio work. My current love is to be outside doing Plein Air painting of anything that surrounds me.
My interest in painting started when I was young. I admired the work of Charles Russell and Frederick Remington, who are acclaimed western artists. I took a few classes at that time which developed my desire to be an artist. Currently, I am teaching oil painting classes at my studio. I prefer painting with oil but can paint with watercolor and pen & ink.
My artform has not always been painting. I have also worked with precious metals and stones.
When I am not outside painting, my art is done in the studio. I do commission work that includes portraits, both people and pets, sceneries of mountains, animals, beaches, and birds. Ideas come from photos clients bring in or from my mind's eye.
Here are some of the instructors that I have had the pleasure to learn from:
• Ray Forquer; Portrait and Historian Oil Painter
• Phil Sandusky: Plein Air Oil Artist
• Ken Deward: Plein Air Oil Artist
• Frank Webb: Watercolor Artist
• Ken Arthur: Figure Artist
• George Van Hook: Plein Air Artist
My commissions are hanging in Washington PA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburg PA, Jacksonville FL.
My art has been shown in such places as Ponte Vedra Culture Center, Jacksonville Arboretum’s “Brush with Nature” and Redi Arts. I am busy with my community here locally as President of the First Coast Plein Air Painters and a board member of the Plein Air South Convention. This has given me great opportunities to meet artists such as David Boyd, Lori Putnam and Vicki Norman to name a few. I am always looking to increase my knowledge and experiences. My dream is to work full time as an oil artist.
FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD FOUNDATION | HISTORY OF THE GUARD IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA
On display in the Sky Gallery through June 2021. For more information, please visit the organization's website: floridanationalguardfoundation.org.
REGIONAL ABSTRACT PAINTERS | THROUGH YOUR OWN LENS, continued in the concourses
SARA CONCA, SANDY HARRINGTON, JENNIFER LAIL, LISA ANNE MYERS
Sara Conca, "Persuasion", 60" x 60"
Keith Doles "Support", 24" x 24"
Caitlyn Flynn, "River Diptych", 24" x 74"
Abbey Matthews, Mixed Media Collection sample
Tiffany Manning, "Frequency Upgrade", 48" x 60"
Jennifer Lail, Watercolor on Somerset Arches Reeves Papers
Lisa Anne Myers, Acrylic on Canvas
Sandy Harrington, Ink & Alcohol on Paper
Aviation History Museum
Located pre-security at the central courtyard next to Starbucks
AVIATION HISTORY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA | 1878 - MODERN DAY
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) opened its new exhibit, “Jacksonville Takes Flight: North Florida Aviation History from 1878 to Modern Day” in 2018, after nearly five years in development. Northeast Florida played an historically significant role in the development of aviation.
Featuring the area’s aviation milestones and memorabilia from an era when Florida was sparsely populated and Jacksonville was the state’s “big city,” the new space also allows travelers to view aircraft movement on the tarmac.
Phase I of the exhibit begins on Jan. 28, 1878, when a hot air balloon containing one man was sighted floating a “mile high” over the city at 5 p.m., and ends on the eve of World War II, when the military created bases bigger than most Florida cities. Phase II covers World War II and how this event changed the trajectory of aviation and provided explosive growth to the city of Jacksonville, the influence of the Space Age on Northeast Florida, and concludes with the most recent accomplishments.
In addition to wall murals featuring highlights and photos of significant events in Jacksonville’s aviation history, eighteen museum cases display a variety of aviation artifacts including a historical review of aviation uniforms through the eras.
Travelers can also access interactive display monitors that reveal more interesting information about our area’s long term relationship with aviation.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the pre-security museum open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight.
This exhibit was inspired and commissioned by JAA's CEO (2009-2019) , Steve Grossman and curated by JAA Art & Culture Program Manager, Jen Jones Murray.
It was developed in collaboration with the Jacksonville Historical Society, Warbird Museum, The Museum of Science & History Jacksonville, University of North Florida, career members of the JAA team, and other, appreciated and important individuals and contributors.
Jennifer Lail, "Yellow Flag", watercolor on arches cotton paper, 29.5”x 41.5
Outdoor Sculpture on Loan Program
Located curbside at the entrances to Baggage Claim
DAVID PONSLER | ENZO TORCOLETTI
(Ponsler, left & Torcoletti, right)
The JIA Arts Commission developed a new, 3D, art exhibit space located at both the north and south entrances to Baggage Claim at the Jacksonville International Airport. The artwork shown here will rotate on an annual basis. The pedestals poured and formed for the project by concrete specialist, Craig Pedroni, can each hold 500 pounds and display works by up to six different sculptors. Currently featured through April 2021 are original steel sculptures by David Ponsler and hand-carved granite, limestone, and marble sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti. In January 2021, a National Call to Artists will be issued to invite artists from across America to participate in JAX's second, annual showing of 3D artists in this area of our airport's public art program.
For purchases or commissions, please contact the artists directly:
David Ponsler | ponslermetaldesign.com
Enzo Torcoletti | moultriecreek.com
For program inquiries, please contact JAA Art & Culture Program Manager, Jen Jones Murray,