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Nashville International Airport > News & Media > Press Releases > Arts at the Airport and Bonnaroo Works Fund Announce Winners of the 5th Annual Bonnaroo-Themed Skylight Exhibition at BNA

Arts at the Airport and Bonnaroo Works Fund Announce Winners of the 5th Annual Bonnaroo-Themed Skylight Exhibition at BNA

Arts at the Airport and Bonnaroo Works Fund Announce Winners
of the 5th Annual Bonnaroo-Themed Skylight Exhibition at BNA

NASHVILLE – Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s (MNAA) Arts at the Airport, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival  are proud to announce the fifth annual Bonnaroo-themed artistic skylight exhibition at Nashville International Airport (BNA). The exhibition features the works of four artists through Jan. 20, 2019: Rebecca Darlington, Sarah Langsam, Christina Shivers and Chris Boyd Taylor.

A walking tour of the winning entries will be held on
Tuesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. The tour is open to the public and will begin at the Concourse C Meeter-Greeter area near Starbucks. Advance registration is required, and guests may RSVP to arts@nashintl.com


The winning entries represent the unique spirit of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Entries are suspended from the ceiling and encompass four skylights located in two of BNA’s concourses. Each winning artist will receive a $4,500 honorarium, and their entries will be displayed for the duration of the exhibit.

“For the past four years, the Bonnaroo-themed exhibition has enhanced our skylights at Nashville International Airport with creative expression and showcased high-caliber works of art from artists all across the country. This year’s group of skylight exhibitions is no exception,” said Doug Kreulen, MNAA president and CEO. “We congratulate the four winning artists and know their works will be well received by the more than 14 million passengers who enter our halls each year.”

The exhibition is funded by Arts at the Airport and the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the charitable arm of the internationally acclaimed Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. BWF supports national and regional organizations that advance the arts, education and the environment, with a focus on local reinvestment.

“The Bonnaroo Works Fund is thrilled to continue our partnership with Arts at the Airport, allowing us to support and champion inspired artwork in a unique way to a massive public audience,” said Kelsey Dewald, Bonnaroo Works Fund executive director. “We can’t wait to see the smiles from the millions of people traveling to and from Nashville as the creativity of our winning artists shines down from the skylights above.”

The four winning entries were selected by a jury composed of members from the Bonnaroo team and Arts at the Airport Board. The winners were selected based on artistic quality and communication of the Bonnaroo brand to both new and familiar audiences.

About the winning artists:

Rebecca Darlington
New York, N.Y.
“Play as a Team”
Concourse B, near Gate B-4
Rebecca Darlington is a painter, sculptor and a designer working in New York City. Most recently, she has held residencies at Salem Art Works and the Center d’Art Marnay Centre (CAMAC). Her solo exhibitions have been seen in New York City, France and the Hudson Valley, where she was represented by Gallery 66 NY. Darlington is a graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

Sarah Langsam
Bradley Beach, N.J.
“Infinite Arch”
Concourse C, near Gate C-9
Sculptor and installation artist Sarah Langsam grew up in northern New Jersey in an especially diverse, liberal community that put a big emphasis on the arts. With a father who runs his architecture practice out of the house, and a mother in marketing, aesthetics were often discussed and creativity was ever present. Langsam originally aspired to become a graphic designer but found her true passion in sculpting while attending the University of Delaware, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013.

Christina Shivers
Somerville, Mass.
“Dioda”
Concourse C, near Gate C-15
Christina Shivers is an artist, architect and scholar studying computational tools and their influence on landscape and architecture. She has gained many recognitions, recently being awarded the 2015 Atlanta AIA/YAF Emerging Voices Award. She has exhibited her work at Harvard University’s fortyK Gallery, the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and on the Atlanta Beltline. Furthermore, Christina has presented her research internationally at the Berlin Unlimited Urban Symposium in Germany and the AIA Washington, D.C., Emerging Architects Thesis Showcase. She has a Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga., and previously studied music at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. She has worked as a designer in Atlanta and as a studio instructor at Kennesaw State University. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Chris Boyd Taylor
Huntsville, Ala.
“Bonnaroo or Bust”
Concourse C, near Gate C-7
Chris Boyd Taylor has fine arts degrees from The Ohio State University and The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Craft, scale, color, movement, architecture, spectatorship and anthropomorphism make up the principle interests in his studio practice. He is currently creating work in direct response to travels he took throughout the Southeast United States, documenting venues of spectatorship. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with two major public art commissions: Remolcador en Camino at the Pablo Neruda Plaza in Montevideo, Uruguay, and The Cardboard Kids at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. In 2013, he was an Emerging Art Fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, N.Y. He and his family reside in the foothills of the Appalachians in Alabama, where he teaches and makes sculpture at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

About Bonnaroo Works Fund
The Bonnaroo Works Fund was established in 2009 with a mission to make the world a better place through its support of nonprofit organizations that advance the arts, education and environmental sustainability, with a focus on local reinvestment and asset building in the communities where we work, live and play.

Organizations interested in grants can apply online at http://www.bonnarooworksfund.org. Bonnaroo Works Fund was created by the festival founders to foster a year-round philanthropic spirit – and to give back to the local communities.

About Arts at the Airport
Working closely with the 15-member Arts at the Airport Foundation board, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority showcases the region’s visual and performing arts through its Arts at the Airport program, which receives some funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The award-winning Arts at the Airport program reviews and presents works by local, regional and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of Nashville International Airport and John C. Tune Airport’s passengers and visitors. In addition to visual art, Arts at the Airport includes music since it is an integral part of Nashville. The arts come alive with musical performances on stages throughout BNA’s passenger terminal. Arts at the Airport, a 501(c)(3) organization, receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the State of Tennessee. For more information about Arts at the Airport, please call (615) 275-1614, send email to arts@nashintl.com or visit www.flynashville.com


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