Paducah Airport Receives Dozens of Applications for Terminal Art Project

Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah received 51 submissions for its art project featuring a feature wall and two gates in a new terminal building.

Artists within a 50 mile radius of the airport were eligible to submit qualifications to capture the people, culture and ecology of Paducah in the medium of their choice. Dan Patterson, chairman of the ad hoc art committee, said the aim was to greet visitors as they enter the airport.

“What we’re trying to do is generate community pride through the high quality of the artwork,” Patterson said. “We hope to impress upon visitors and locals that Paducah is a place of value and enriched by art.”

Now that the art committee has assigned preliminary scores to applicants, up to three artists will be selected to write a design proposal for each site in the terminal in progress this paved the way last November.

Although not involved in the selection itself, the Through Partnership A public art consultancy firm worked with the committee to scout artists for much of the year. Owner Meridith McKinley said this project is particularly exciting because of the art-centric reputation.

“We were truly impressed with the arts community in Paducah and the level of enthusiasm and commitment to promoting Paducah as a great arts city,” McKinley said.

The airport board of directors will make its final decisions guided by the recommendations of the artistic committee at an undetermined date. Construction of the terminal is expected to be completed by March 2023.

“This is a very worthwhile project, and it affects not just Paducah but the entire Murray to Cape Girardeau area in northwest Tennessee,” Patterson said.

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