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Artport Gallery

Tallahassee International Airport
3300 Capital Circle SW
Hours: Daily 8 am-11:30 pm

Located in the terminal of Tallahassee International Airport and managed by the Council on Culture & Arts and part of the City of Tallahassee's Art in Public Places Program, the Artport Gallery exhibits the work of the best local and regional artists in all media, with shows changing every six to eight weeks.


New location for the Artport Gallery

Gallery goers enjoy an Artport exhibitionAmid 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.

Gallery Talk by artist, Mark Fletcher at ArtportThe 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.

Gallery goers at an Artport exhibition receptionOne 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.

Threads of Light: Artworks by Gerald Grow and Mary Jane Lord
an exhibition at the Artport Gallery from August 6 – September 22, 2014

Historical evidence shows that virtually every world culture has used some type of loom to weave cloth. This ancient art form evolved over time and the Industrial Revolution brought many innovations in looms, automating the process. The tipping point came in 1801, when a silk-weaver named Jacquard developed a loom that used punched cards to control a sequence of operations. This advancement is widely considered a significant step in the history of computing hardware and a precursor to the modern devices we can’t live without.

Illustrating the relationship between ancient and modern technology, this exhibition juxtaposes the artwork of tapestry weaver Mary Jane Lord and digital photographer Gerald Grow. Lord weaves colorful artworks by hand using tools that would have been easily recognizable centuries ago. In contrast, Grow uses advanced software, computers, and digital cameras to create abstract images of light that have the fluidity of fabric. 

Mary Jane Lord fell in love with weaving at age nine after receiving a loom as a gift. She spent the next several decades experimenting with equipment and techniques, ultimately settling on the simplest kind of loom and the plain weave structure of tapestry.

“Tapestry allows me to play with color, texture, and imagery. I often find that I love the process as much as or more than the product.”

Searching for a creative outlet in his retirement, Gerald Grow found digital photography. His images are made with a moving camera and still lights. The camera records motion, reflections, and color in unpredictable ways, producing astonishing digital images which are pushed even further using computers and software.

“I began moving the camera as a way of having fun– just to see what would happen. 10,000 images later, I found that I was no longer playing around, I was a practitioner of the art of ICM – Intentional Camera Movement photography.”

Inspired by one another and connected by the progression of time and technology, these artists created new works to compliment and reinforce each other’s aesthetic. In doing so, they honor the past while remaining flexible and current, finding new ways to express themselves through their art forms.

A free public reception is scheduled for Thursday, August 7 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Guests are asked to park in long-term parking and present parking tickets at the gallery for complimentary validation.