Art At The Airport

About the Featured Artists:

Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / Spring-Summer Art Show, April 19 - July 18, 2022

Kimbo Franke has had an appreciation for art from an early age and has always engaged in creative pursuits for both pleasure and business. She studied fine art at the University of Nevada Reno, before focusing on an Interior Design education and career. Kimbo considers herself both a plein aire and studio painter, with each discipline allowing her to see and interpret beauty in natural, rural, and urban settings. Learn more about Kimbo’s art at ➤    

Blake Kessler has had a lifelong affinity for anything outdoors, and his love has grown for skiing and adventure. He picked up his first camera at the age of 18, and has combined his two passions by photographing landscapes and snow sports. From sidelines to knife edged peaks, there isn’t a location he doesn’t feel working in and he thrives in fast paced environments. His photography has been featured in the Associated Press and New York Times, and he is also a skilled videographer and editor. See more of Blake’s work at ➤ 

Tracy A Kimmons is an abstract painter who works primarily in oils. Originating from Texas, Tracy earned her art degree at the Art Institute of Houston, and now lives and works in Northern California and Nevada. Before Tracy began painting, she traveled the world as a photographer working for large architectural firms. Her paintings are derived from her imagination, and reference broken up memories of landscapes or locations from past travels. Visit Tracy’s website to learn more about her artwork and read her blog 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!