Our commitment to Art & Culture goes back to 1971 when the terminal opened. The legacy of artwork includes the Roy Butler birds, the Renmark tapestries and WPA murals by George Snow Hill. Traveling through Tampa International Airport, you can still see these works today.
The Airport formalized its Public Art program in July 1998 to enhance the appearance of the Airports under the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority’s control by presenting a Florida, historical and cultural theme to the users of the Airport System. The program features rotating exhibit space and a permanent collection.
The Aviation Authority is an independent unit of Hillsborough County government and as such, generates its own revenues and expenses. The Airport’s Public Art program, which is completely voluntary, is supported by capital improvement funds. Tampa International Airport commissions, maintains and insures its collection.
“Public art at Tampa International Airport helps to craft a unique experience for travelers,” stated Chris Minner, Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications and Public Art Committee chairperson. “It provides opportunities for the traveling public to engage in artistic excellence.”
The Vision of the Public Art Program:
- To craft a unique experience for the millions of travelers every year
- To provide a variety of opportunities for the traveling public to engage in artistic excellence
- To provide cultural awareness and support for the arts
Art Committee Members:
- Ken Anthony | Past board member
- Robin Nigh | Manager, City of Tampa Art Programs Division
- Dan Myers | Sr. Architect, Hillsborough County
- Seth Pevnick | Chief Curator of Greek & Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art
- Margaret Miller | USF Professor & Director, Institute for Research in Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio
- Paul Ridgeway | TPA Director of Maintenance
- Jeff Siddle | TPA VP Planning & Design
- Chris Minner | TPA Exec. VP Marketing & Communications & Chairperson, TPA Public Art Committee