‘Arts in the Airport’

Sandra ClarkArts 865, Feature

(Updated to include bio on David Johnson)


Area artists have been recognized for their contributions to the 20th “Arts in the Airport” exhibition, underway through April 17 at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Cash awards were presented to:

  • Best of Show ($500) – Iryna Lialko of Pigeon Forge for “Alice in Wonderland” (Paper, pencil, ink, gouache)
  • Award of Merit ($250) – David Johnson of Knoxville for “Student” (Digital photography)
  • Award of Merit ($250) – Tatiana Potts of Maryville for “Faces of Tajtania” (Screenprint, folded paper, book)

In all, 37 artists are represented in the show, which is available for viewing only by passengers flying in or out of the airport. Others may view the exhibit by appointment by contacting Becky Huckaby, director of public relations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, at 865-342-3014. Also, view the exhibit here.

These artists have works on display: Lynda Best, Alan Brock, Sharon Buck, Yvonne Dalschen, Nick DeFord, Karen Ann Hummel DuGuay, Katharine Emlen, Robert Felker, Alan Finch, Diane H. Fox, Elena Ganusova, Carl Gombert, Giles R. Hammat, Clay Hardwick, David A. Johnson, Gary R. Johnson, Mari Cardwell Jones, Judith Kinzy, Doug Lawrence, Iryna Lialko, Bill Long, Alyssa Nealon, Tom Owens, Hei Park, Tatiana Potts, Gunnar Quist, Julie L. Rabun, Lennie Robertson, Caitlin Ryan, Betsy Spooner, Robert H. Thompson, Bill Timm, Rick Whitehead, Brandon Woods, Rodney Yardley, Conny Zhao and Steve Zigler.

Over the past 10 years, nearly 850 unique works of art have been displayed and over $55,000 returned to local artists in sales through this event, co-sponsored by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville.

Meet David Johnson

David Johnson has been practicing the craft of photography for over 50 years. He has a degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas, and worked as a newspaper photographer for a number of years. These days, he enjoys photography as a personal pursuit.

David Johnson

David loves the transformative nature of light. He says, “Many subjects, if observed in broad daylight, would be most mundane. But if you wait for the light to change, they are transformed into the curious, the mystical, the inexplicable. Clothed in new light, they invite us to re-examine our eye’s presumptions, and perhaps see a beauty or mystery we would have otherwise missed.”

The photograph “Student” was taken at an art gallery in New York City, March 2018.

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