Art At The Airport
About the Featured Artists:
Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / October 20, 2020 - January 18, 2021 Art Show
Merritt Spangler Cooke is the founder of Broken Creative, and a multi-disciplinary artist focused on abstract painting. After earning an investigations certificate from UC Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism, Merritt began exploring the balance between analytical thought and intuitive creativity. The paintings featured in this exhibit were inspired by memories of a close relative who was a painter, and Merritt’s feelings of connection to her. Her process involves working on multiple pieces at a time to create synergy between them. Through her artwork, Merritt strives to fulfill, inspire, and heal. Learn more about Merritt and her art at www.brokencreative.co/abstract.
Carole Sesko is a Truckee based mixed media artist. Trained in design as well as art, Carole graduated from the University of California Davis and Simon’s Rock College. Balancing form, texture, and color to create a unified whole, her works are process driven, often inspired by music, and by observations of our geographical environment. Contact Carole at 530 412 0639
Randall Stauss is a well known and broadly collected regional artist who is highly experienced in both oil and watercolor. Originally from Oregon, Randall splits his studio time between Lake Tahoe and Marin County. An accomplished plien aire painter, Randall travels the world, and can be spied working behind his easel in the streets of San Francisco, on the beach in Hawaii, or in the snow at Squaw Valley. Randall also teaches painting workshops in the Tahoe area. Learn more about Randall’s artwork at www.rstauss.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 that started with the grand opening of the terminal building in the winter-spring of 2012, 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 eight 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.
Carole attends the American Association of Airport Executives national "Airport Art" conference each year and gets to see how other airports were integrating art into their terminals and other spaces. “I meet 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!