Art At The Airport

About the Featured Artists:

Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / July 27, 2018 - October 26, 2018

Small artist   kristin abbottKristin Abbott passes endless hours at her drawing table, daydreaming and wondering what it would be like to ride a hippo down the Zambezi River, fish with a cormorant, or leap from a mountain top in Peru. A prolific illustrator, Kristin is a graduate of Stanford University and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Truckee. Learn more about Kristin and her artwork at: www.abbottillustration.com.


Small artist   lauren choreyLauren Chorey is an artist with a love for the outdoors. After studying fine art at Colorado State University, she moved to North Lake Tahoe where she resides with her husband and kids. Lauren is inspired by the many hours she has spent driving across country with her family as a child, gazing out the window, soaking up the land and sky, and observing the various colors the landscape portrayed throughout the day. Learn more about Lauren at her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenChorey.


Small artist   monika piper johnson 2Monika Piper Johnson is a plein air oil painter who resides in Incline Village, Nevada. A Boston native, Monika’s love of skiing and the mountains brought her to live at Lake Tahoe. Painting outdoors encourages Monika to capture a moment quickly. By connecting nature with her eye and color palette, she has learned to see “art in the ordinary.” Learn more about Monika’s oil painting and accomplishments at: www.monikapiperjohnson.com.


Small artist   carole seskoCarole Sesko is a Truckee-based artist working in mixed media. Trained in design as well as art, Carole graduated from UC Davis and Simon’s Rock College. Balancing composition, form, texture, color, and iridescence to create a unified whole, her work is process-driven, inspired by music, and by studying our geographical environment. See more of Carole’s art at www.carolesesko.com.


If you would like to purchase an artwork, please remove the artwork’s identifying tag from the wall and bring it upstairs to Airport Operations. You may pay for the artwork there, and take the artwork with you. If you need special delivery or shipping, please provide your contact information to Airport Operations. The artist will then contact you directly to make arrangements. Thank you!


About TRK's Art Coordinator and Art Displays:

Walk into the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s main terminal building, and you’ll immediately notice the captivating, eclectic and inspiring artwork hanging on its walls.

“Art At The Airport”, a program now in its fifth year, was developed by local Truckee resident and artist, Carole Sesko. As coordinator and curator, Carole creatively designs the exhibit displays featuring local and regional artists. The artwork not only adds color and intrigue to the building, but also gives artists the opportunity to showcase and even sell their artwork.

The exhibits change seasonally, enhancing the airport terminal with 25-30 new displays of paintings, mosaics, photography and more. The artwork gets great exposure with all the terminal traffic; from people departing or arriving on flights, to those attending functions in the meeting rooms or from folks just stopping by to enjoy a great meal and good company at the ever popular Red Truck Café, (Mon -Sat 9-3).

“Ninety percent of our artists are local or regional. Once in a while, we’ll add art from out of the area to expose the community to a new artist. We’ve featured artists from Boston to Berkeley,” said Sesko.

Carole approached the Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board of Directors with the “Art At The Airport” proposal back in 2011 when the new terminal building was just under construction. “For us it’s a great way to provide additional benefit and value to the greater community, and it fills our walls with beautiful art,” said Kevin Smith, General Manager of the airport. “It’s been very successful; we’ve received a lot of positive public comment and we want it to continue indefinitely.”

The “Art At The Airport” program is mutually beneficial, both for the artists to exhibit their work in a clean, bright, well trafficked venue and for the community to be exposed to talent and the vast array of quality artwork found in our region. In the last four years, Sesko said she’s received a lot of positive feedback from the program and feels the exposure has expanded interest and inspiration in our local artists.

In both 2015 & 2016, Sesko attended AAAE’s (American Association of Airport Executives) “Art At The Airport” conferences in Dallas, Texas and Minneapolis, St. Paul to learn how other airports were integrating art into their terminals and other spaces. “I met public art specialists and curators from around the country, mostly from larger airports such as Dallas Fort Worth, LAX, Chicago O’Hare, etc... Truckee Tahoe was one of the smallest airports represented. I was pleased to realize that our public art program is progressive, and we have advantages in our smaller sized airport. There are many ways to enhance the visitors experience at the airport and communicate our unique regional identity through the use of public art,” Sesko said.

If you are an artist and are interested in having your work considered for a future exhibit at Truckee Tahoe Airport, please contact Carole at: carole@carolesesko.com, or leave a message for her at the airport UNICOM Customer Service desk upstairs in the main terminal building. Come visit us at the Truckee Tahoe Airport and don’t forget to take a few moments to enjoy the impressive views, both on the walls and out the windows!