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The Public Art Program was established in July of 1998 to enhance the travel experience for our customers and to present a Florida, historical and cultural theme throughout our airports. The art committee, comprised of Aviation Authority personnel, art committee personnel from the City of Tampa and community members at large, selects art through a jury process initiated by a call to artists.

Tampa International Airport's Public Art exhibits are comprised of:

Permanent Exhibits

Art of the 60's and 70's

Location: Landside Terminal, Level 3
Description: A collection of paintings, sculptures, glass art and mixed media presentations
Artist: Various

Tampa International Airport is proud to own this brilliant fine arts collection. It contains examples of work by several outstanding Florida artists and craftspersons. Many of the outstanding professional artists represented in this collection were also teachers in Florida's art schools, colleges and universities. Originally, the collection was purchased for display in the Airport's administrative offices when the Landside Terminal Building opened on April 15, 1971.

Featured artists in this collection include Beth Arthur, Jack Brewer, Frank Colson, Harrison Covington, Gladys Kashdin, Daisy Koenig, Bruce Marsh, Robert McFarland, Harold Nosti and David Weidman.

The Art of Flight

Location: Airside E
Description: A collection of 7 WPA murals which were painted in the 1930's, restored, and are now being displayed in our new airside.
Artist: George Snow Hill

In the late 1930's, local artist George Snow Hill was commissioned to create these murals to adorn the walls of Tampa's newly built Peter O. Knight Airport. Hill artistically interpreted the history of flight through the contributions made by Icarus and Daedalus, Archimedes, The Montgolfier Brothers, Otto Lilienthal, Tony Jannus, The Wright Brothers, and a triptych, capturing the first scheduled airline flight in history.

The murals were removed from the walls of the Peter O. Knight Airport upon demolition in 1965, and restored by George Snow Hill himself. In 1971, they were relocated to the new terminal building, where only the triptych and the Wright Brothers mural hung in the airport's executive suite. The others were rolled and placed in storage, untouched for years.

Needless to say, the circumstances of their storage had an adverse effect on their condition, and upon rediscovery they were in desperate need of restoration. The airport began discussion of a mural restoration project in 1985. The new Airside E Terminal was designed specifically with these murals in mind as a place for this artwork to be showcased.

Bird Sculptures

Location: Ticketing Level--suspended above the escalators from the third to first floor.
Description: A collection of seabird sculptures made of copper, nickel, silver and bronze alloys.
Artist: Roy Butler, Plantation, Florida

On the Ticketing Level, view The Meeting Place a 15-foot Florida mangrove tree with a flock of 22 life-sized copper pelicans circling around and roosting in it.

Over the escalator wells, between the Transfer Level and Baggage Claim Level, view the pelicans in flight. Each bird weighs about 30 pounds and has a wingspan of almost seven feet. The entire bird collection includes some 63 individual fowl of five different species including gulls, herons. cormorants, anhingas and pelicans.

Birds Leaving the Earth

Description: 20' square painting, with sound
Location: The rotunda at Airside A
Artist: Elizabeth Indianos

The painting is composed of nine panels in three rows. It is mounted on an 800-pound aluminum frame that is hung from the 40' high ceiling at Airside A. It was installed just before the 1998 holiday season. Tampa International Airport purchased the piece October 2007 after having it on loan for a time.

Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection

Location: Ticketing Level
Description: A collection of 28 cirkut images and approximately 20 8 x 10 photographs which record the unique history of the social and urban growth of Tampa and Florida's West Coast
Artist: Brothers Al and Jean Burgert

In 1899, S.P. Burgert and Son opened their studio in Ybor City. By 1918, sons Al and Jean were at the helm and the Burgert Brothers Commercial Photography Studio was providing services for the West Coast of Florida. Their studio remained open for business in various Tampa locations, with different heirs and employees in charge, until 1963. The brothers took more than 80,000 photographs. Their photographs appeared in national publications including Life and National Geographic magazines, as well as in local newspaper advertisements, promotional brochures and displays for offices and stores.

After the Burgert Brothers studio closed, their photographs and negatives were stored in a south Tampa garage. Heat, humidity and moisture destroyed many of the negatives. In 1974, the Friends of the Library Hillsborough, Inc., recognizing the priceless, historic significance of the collection, purchased it for the Library so that the photographs would be available for the public. Tampa International Airport and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries entered into a loan agreement to reproduce a collection of the Burgert Brothers' Cirkut and standard-size images. The nearly 50 selected images were produced to film and mounted on quarter-inch thick clear plexi-glass.

Most of the photographs in this exhibit were produced with a Cirkut camera. Introduced by Kodak in the early 1900's, the Cirkut process enabled production of panoramic photographs up to four feet wide by one foot high. Photos in the Airport's collection range from a team photo of the New York Yankees (1927) in St. Petersburg featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; the Gasparilla Invasion (1922); the Josiah Richardson Home (1923) in Sulphur Springs; to the Tin Can Tourist Camp (date unknown) in Central Florida.

El Movimiento del Mar

Location: Blue Baggage Claim
Description: Tile artwork adorning the top of the Marine Exhibit
Artist: Elle Terry Leonard and Josh Johnson

Light Passage

Location: Airport Chapel, Landside Terminal, Level 3
Description: Glass art adorning the entryway door and interior wall of the Airport Chapel.
Artist: Yvonne Barlog

Light Passage was the first piece of work commissioned under the Public Art Program. The Airport Chapel is a non-denominational quiet room that is open 24 hours a day.

Off Doolin

Location: Landside Terminal, shopping arcade to Marriott Hotel
Description: Watercolor on paper
Artist: Richard J. Frank

Over the Cities

Location: Outside the new terminal building at Vandenberg Airport
Description: A three-dimensional sculpture made of polished aircraft aluminum
Artist: Dominique LaBouvie, Paris, France


Location: Ticketing and Baggage Claim Level
Description: Collection of 22 tapestries, each 34' x 8'
Artist: Ronald Renmark, Renmark Studio, Virginia
Michael Reck, of Albert and Maria Reck Studio, Swaziland

The tapestries were made by 20 women from Phumalanga, Swaziland in Africa, under the direction of Ronald Renmark and Michael Reck. The tapestries depict familiar Florida nature scenes and serve a dual purpose of decoration as well as sound insulation.

Tropical Fish Tile Collage

Location: Red Baggage Claim
Description: Tile artwork adorning the top of the Marine Exhibit
Artist: E. Joseph McCarty

World Traveler

Location: Landside Terminal, Level 3
Description: Glass, Internal graal and overlay technique
Artist: Duncan McClellan

Rotating Exhibits

Flight of Fantasy

Description: Artwork in a multitude of media; created by art educators in Hillsborough County
Location: Main Terminal, Third Floor
Artists: Members of the Hillsborough Art Educators Association
Contact: Patricia Velazquez or Nanette Dailey

The Hillsborough Art Education Association (HAEA) represents all levels of art educators and patrons of the arts. Striving for excellence in art education, members are practicing artists of a multitude of media who exhibit their work, sponsor student exhibits and collaborate with other artists, educators, community and business partners and other advocates of the arts. They share a belief in the power of the arts in developing human potential.

Talking Graphics from the Green Earth

Description: Freehand drawings, digitally enhanced "electronic silk screening"
Location: Airside A
Artist: Jane Davis Doggett

The five canvas murals suspended from the ceiling at Airside A are waterscapes created by Jane Davis Doggett, artist and architectural graphics design specialist. Doggett states that "The bright, boldly colored murals reflect a unique Florida feature: A floating watery world, always in motion where water changes places with sky and clouds and currents interact, and vivid colors of sunrise and sunset pour into flowing rivers". Her medium is a unique venture in computer rendering in what she has coined "electronic silk screening". Her images, which are drawn freehand, are scanned in Adobe Vector and separated into segments or layers – similar to making silk screen templates. Working in Vector, as opposed to pixel, she can enlarge her images to any size and they hold absolute "focus" and richness of color.

This exhibit has special meaning for Tampa International Airport. Doggett originated the two-color signage and wayfinding system and Airside letter system as well as the airport logo, which are still in service – after 40 years. She also created the thematic graphic system which designates each of the seven parking garage stations by icons of famous aviators.

Doggett, who earned a MFA degree with top honors from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1956, pioneered the field of architectural and environmental graphic design. She has many international airport projects to her credit including: Miami, Newark, Baltimore-Washington, Cleveland-Hopkins, George Bush-Houston, Boston-Logan and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.

The exhibit will be on view for one year.

The Big Art Show II: Kites in Flight

Description: Four 6 ft high x 4 ft wide kites with 12 foot long tails made of fused glass and steel
Location: Airside A
Artist: Lisa and Joe Vogt

My view of the world is different.

I see pattern and form in everything. I am compelled to interpret what I see, make it my own, and then share it. For me the creative process is not a choice but a necessity. It is a journey that I embrace; for it has many rewards including self discovery, growth and an opportunity to raise my voice and speak through my art.

It is my hope that the kites lighten your load, bring a fond memory to your mind and sweep a smile across your face. Enjoy!

Welcome to my world.

Lisa Vogt


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