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Art At The Airport

Art at the Airport Requests for Proposals RFP Due by 5:00 pm Friday, November 17, 2023

About the Featured Artists:

Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / Fall -Winter Art Show,  October 16, 2023 - January 16, 2024

Michael Ambrose grew up on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, which instilled in him a deep fascination and sense of adventure for wild places. After graduating with a degree in fine art from Humboldt State University, Michael has traveled extensively across western North America. He has worked for Patagonia and The Nevada Wilderness Project, and now pursues photography as a full time endeavor. Through his photography, Michael’s goal is to create a strong sense of place and inspire the viewer to experience the connectedness of the dynamic earth. Learn more about Michael and see more of his photography at www.michaelambrose.com

Molly O'Mara has viewed her life with the eye of an artist since an early age. Her outdoor experiences fuel her vision, from skiing in the Sierra Nevada to rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.With a mixture of artistic vision, professional training, and years of experience as a faux finish artist, Molly infuses her mixed media paintings with beautiful abstract texture and tasteful color. Her work is a testament to her deep love of nature, distilling the feelings and colors of the outdoors into bold, abstract paintings which allow the viewer to engage with her art. See more of Molly’s art and learn more about her work at www.mollyoart.com

Rossitza Todorova is a professional artist and Professor of Art at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Rossitza earned her Master of Fine Arts at Arizona State University and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has exhibited widely and her artworks are in many museum collections. The paintings featured in this exhibit depict the landscape of the great basin interrupted by scrolling lines which symbolize the time and space between the viewer and the landscape beyond. Rossitza was selected to be the Reno City Artist for 2022 - 2023, and we are delighted to feature her paintings at Truckee Tahoe Airport. Learn more about Rossitza and see more of her paintings at www.rossitza.art

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: seskocarole@gmail.com 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: seskocarole@gmail.com, or leave a message for her at the airport Dispatch 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!