Amid the comings and goings of Tallahassee International Airport, there is an oasis of art known as the Artport Gallery. For more than twenty years, The Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) has been proud to manage and curate the gallery as part of the City of Tallahassee's Art in Public Places program. Originally located in the airport lobby just beside the main entrance to the terminal, the Artport Gallery has promoted more than 1,000 local artists to travelers and citizens through rotating exhibitions, and it has served as a cultural gateway to Florida’s Capital City.
The airport has begun construction on a large scale improvement project. Many renovations are planned and the airport will welcome new food, beverage, and retail tenants. As part of that renovation effort, the Artport Gallery will be relocated to new area in the airport, near the ticketing counters. COCA will continue to produce regular exhibitions in the new space which will be larger and will accommodate even more artwork by local artists. Additionally, an improved lighting system is planned as well as new seating. Digital signage promoting the exhibitions will also be on view throughout the airport. This signage will help direct guests to the new gallery space.
One of the goals of the Art in Public Places Program is to provide welcoming and approachable public gallery spaces where artwork may be safely displayed and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Because of the heavy construction, the exhibitions at the Artport Gallery will be temporarily suspended until the new space can be properly prepared to accommodate artwork and gallery goers. COCA will resume the rotating exhibitions when the construction is complete and we will continue hosting exhibit receptions, just as we have in the past. We'll be ready to unveil all of these improvements towards the end of 2016.
COCA is honored to be able to offer this program to our community and we are working closely with airport staff to design a new and improved space that can be enjoyed for years to come. COCA will continue to produce rotating exhibitions at the City Hall Gallery without interruption and more information about those shows may be found at www.cocanet.org/city-hall.