Art At The Airport

About the Featured Artists:

Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / July 23, 2019 - October 22, 2019

Medium artist   rachele nyssenRachele Nyssen practices astute visual observation that has led to paintings filled with light, clarity, and a presence rarely seen in paintings today. Best known for her still life oil paintings, she is skilled and trained in portraiture, figure, and artistic anatomy. She studied drawing in the Musee du Louvre and Studio Escalier in Paris, and is an awarded graduate of The Florence Academy of Art. Rachele is an art instructor, and she maintains studios in San Francisco and Truckee. See more of Rachele’s art at

Medium 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. 

Medium randall staussRandall Stauss is a well known 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 plein 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 at the rodeo at Glenbrook. Randall also teaches painting workshops in the Tahoe area. Learn more about Randall’s artwork at

Medium artist   kelly wallisKelly Wallis is a project based artist and graphic designer. A Truckee resident, she received her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. In creating her Sunsets and Landscapes series displayed at Truckee Tahoe Airport, Kelly visualizes an investigative dialogue between the heart, the brain, and the hand. These works are representative of her personal experiences in the Great Basin.  

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:, 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!