Art At The Airport

About the Featured Artists:

Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / Summer-Fall August 1 - October 19, 2020 Art Show   

Crystal Harling began painting by studying and taking workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. She soon began focusing on the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe region. Some of her favorite subjects are aspen groves in the fall, barns, and animals. Her technique has expanded from painting outdoors into painting in her Truckee studio, which allows her to convey the subject matter at a larger scale. Some of her influences include The Group of Seven and Maynard Dixon. Check out Crystal’s blog and see more of her artworks on her website at 

Michael Kennedy lives in Squaw Valley and self identifies as a visual storyteller. He’s a father, adventurer, pilot, Spartan competitor, and volunteer director of air operations with the Truckee Tahoe Airshow and Family Festival. Michael contributes photos and stories to the Sierra Sun news and Tahoe Quarterly magazine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida State University. Contact Michael by email at     

Mark Larson is based in Truckee CA and has been painting for more than forty years. Moving a lot as a child, his art was a constant friend in a new place. While living in Maui in his 20’s, he learned the art of tattooing under a master. Seeking to reconnect with nature, he and his family moved to Truckee where he opened Truth Tattoo on Jibbom Street. Mark has a knack for portraiture, and loves painting people. A big influence for him has been the art of Andy Warhol and the pop art aesthetic. “The feeling of nostalgia is the name of my pop art game.” Learn more about Mark by visiting his website at  

Carole Sesko is an artist based in Truckee California. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Design from the University of California Davis, and Associates of Arts from Simon’s Rock College. Working primarily in acrylic and mixed media, her art is process driven, exploratory, and experimental. This collection of paintings expresses a love for the mountains, and an endless fascination with layering colors. If you are interested in learning more about her art or scheduling a studio visit, you may contact Carole at   

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:, 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!