Art At The Airport

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!

About the Featured Artists:

Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / April 24 - July 24, 2017 Show

Lainie Vreeland Small artist   loreen thomas

Lainie is an Incline Village, NV artist who is renowned for her painting, photography, and gardening. A graduate of Sierra Nevada College, Lainie’s innovative artistry blends her creative interests with her love of nature, resulting in imaginative compositions influenced by water forms as they interact with sun and moonlight. “All that I create, I create with Great Joy and Love in my heart.” Learn more about Lainie’s creative process at

Jim Doucette Small artist   jim doucette

Jim grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and now resides in Truckee CA. His interest in printmaking was inspired as a way of documenting his adventures. Using wood and linoleum blocks, Jim brings a complex scene to life with his techniques, enjoying the beautiful mistakes as much as the intended design, which brings new meaning, mood, and perspective to a piece. See more of Jim’s images and learn more about his work at

Loreen Thomas Small artist   lainie vreeland

Loreen is a Truckee California oil painter whose work reflects her love of the Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounding her home. The scenes featured in her paintings are usually discovered while exploring the back roads and winding trails with which she has become so familiar. She has been drawing and painting most of her life, and is self taught through the process of her cumulative painting experiences. Visit Loreen’s website to see more of her work at

Michelle Grandjean Small artist   michelle grandjean

Michelle has been avidly doodling since the age of 6 in Switzerland, where her dad owned a hotel and restaurant. Inspired by the patrons with their big hairstyles, she began her “girls” series. After moving to the U.S., finishing her education, and working for some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley, Michelle has returned to her drawings and now resides at North Lake Tahoe. Learn more at

Carole Sesko Small artist carole sesko

Carole 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. See more of Carole’s art 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!