Art At The Airport

About the Featured Artists:

Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / Winter-Spring Art Show, January 24 - April 17, 2023

Susan Bloom is a native Californian who has found the joy of painting after a full life of other creative pursuits. After moving to Truckee two decades ago, she was drawn to plein air painting with oils. Susan’s colors harmonize with nature and she prefers clean colors. She seeks to find a balance between realism and looseness, finding a fresh approach with each painting. While painting outdoors she chases the changing light and enjoys the adventure of dealing with the environmental challenges. See Susan’s portfolio and learn more about her experience at  

Niobe Burden is an internationally recognized photographer who moved to the Tahoe area from Maine. She has won three Fuji Masterpiece awards and three honorable mentions at the International Photography Awards. Primarily self taught, Niobe has supplemented her practice with photography workshops, commercial assisting, and instructing. Collections of her work are not only of the Lake Tahoe area, but include images from the Sierra and her extensive travels encompassing more than 30 countries and 6 continents. Visit Niobe’s website for more information 

Bobbie Johnson has had a passion for creativity ever since she can remember. After studying Studio Arts at Humboldt State and pursuing a career as a graphic artist,  Bobbie found she loves the rich and vivid colors soft pastels, making this is her medium of choice. She looks forward to painting each day, intrigued by landscapes and lighting, and playing with color value in response. Her paintings are primarily inspired by Northern California, the Mattole Valley, Capay Valley, and the Sierra foothill areas near Auburn where she currently resides. Learn more about Bobbie’s artworks at 

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. Carole is also the Airport District's Art Coordinator and Curator.  Contact Carole at email: or phone: (530) 412 0639.

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!