Celebrate Arts in the Airports!
Arts Program at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, through its Arts Program, welcomes visitors to the National Capital Region from across the country and around the world. Here at the Airports you can experience diverse regional, national and international rotating exhibits, dynamic live performances and new and innovative public art displays that celebrate the stately beauty, spirit and great creativity of the National Capital Region.
As part of our performing arts program, the Airports Authority brings musicians, singers, dancers and other artists to Washington’s airports to provide entertainment for our passengers to enjoy throughout the year. Reagan National hosted a series of jazz performances during the summer. Read more about the music series here.
The Gallery Walk (Rotating Exhibits)
The Gallery Walk is located in Historic Terminal A between the Historic Lobby and the present-day ticketing lobby. The gallery includes case displays and wall display areas for two and three-dimensional works by artists from all over the local area.
Critical Exposure, the Hirshhorn Museum’s ARTLAB+ , and the National Building Museum have joined forces to provide a forum to highlight the impact that teens are having in the city through art and design.
Critical Exposure provides students with the tools to make their voices heard and to hold communities and public officials accountable for taking action. The students’ photos are on display between the cases.
The National Building Museum’s Investigating Where We Live program brings teens from across the D.C. area together to explore the city through the lens of a camera. Participants use their original works to plan, design, and install a museum exhibition that features their insights into what is happening in D.C. The participants’ photos are on display across from the cases.
ARTLAB+ is a free after school digital art program for teens located in the Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum. The ARTLAB+ program provides teens with opportunities to explore and create in the following mediums: audio engineering, video production, digital photography, graphic illustration, game design, 3D design, sculpture, creative writing, and Do-It-Yourself themes. The participants work is on display in the cases.
Reagan National Airport frequently hosts rotating art exhibits on the baggage claim level. Stay tuned for the next exhibit that will be featured.
When Terminal B/C was constructed, an Architectural Enhancement Program integrated commissioned artworks into the architecture of the Terminal. Each piece is integral to the building. Renowned Architect Cesar Pelli, who designed the Terminal, called it “a rich sequence of visual experiences.” Thirty individual works are permanent features in the building—including 10 floor medallions on the Concourse; 11 balustrades that overlook the Concourse; 5 murals; 1 bridge sculpture; 1 sunscreen panel on the south wall of the ticket level lobby; and 2 stained glass friezes on the concourse-airside curtain wall. The pieces include a great variety of materials: stained glass, marble and glass mosaics, terrazzo, cast bronze, hammered aluminum and copper, painted steel, porcelain enamel and traditional paint on board and canvas. Numerous local and national organizations were contacted to reach out to the widest possible variety of artists for the program.
You can view photographs of all 30 works by clicking here
Tours of the Architectural Enhancement Program are conducted by seasoned art docents from local Washington museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tours will be conducted Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Two weeks advance notice is requested to set up a tour. For information and reservations, please call (703) 417-0895.