Sunport Arts Program

sunport permanent art collection

The Albuquerque International Sunport is one of the country’s most culturally unique airports because of the architecture and 113-piece permanent art collection. Artwork can be found at gates A1, A4, and B6, between the A and B concourses, the E gates, the Great Hall (2nd Level Ticketing), Baggage Claim, outside the Ticketing Level main entrance, along Sunport Boulevard heading east to the parking garage, at the Rental Car Center (on University SE south of Sunport), and at the historic Old Terminal Building on George Road (south of Sunport).

sunport artwork location

Sunport Boulevard
  • Gray Mercer, “Running Horses,” cor-ten steel sculpture, 11x35x6′
  • Joe Keith, Quality Fountain for Desert Bloom (Bennie Duran) Pot, 7’x10′
  • Holly Sanchez, Fountain for Desert Bloom (Bennie Duran) Black/Gray Pot, 6’x3′
  • Kim Young, Fountain for Desert Bloom (Bennie Duran) Animal Pot, 6’x3′
  • Ben and Geraldine Toya, Quality Fountain for Desert Bloom (Bennie Duran) Jemez Pueblo Pot, 6’x3′
  • Rogelio Madero, “La Serpentina,” Madero Sculpture & Design, 800’x2′
  • Sunport Boulevard – Departure/Ticketing Level
  • Glenna Goodacre, “The Basket Dance,” bronze sculpture #5/12, 6×3′ wide

 

Concourse Level – Above Escalators
  • Nancy Kozikowski, “Runways,” hand-dyed wool tapestry, 6×20′
Administration
  • Gus Foster, “Central Avenue at Carlisle, Albuquerque,” color photograph, ektacolor print, 13×92″
  • Pop Chalee, “Buffalo Dancer,” casein on canvas, 85×61″
  • Francis Rivera, “Spring Fever,” oil on canvas, 50×50″
  • Bob Lee, “Night on Elk Mountain,” oil on canvas, 38×52″ (on loan to Los Lunas Heritage Museum and Art)
  • Snidow, Gordon, “What the Hell Are We Waiting for Now, Christmas?”, gouache on board, 20″x38″
  • Senaida & Emilio Romero, “Holy Family,” Embroidered colcha on textile w/tin frame, 21×21″
  • Marie Romero Cash, “Cristo & Mourning Figures,” carved & painted niche, mixed media, 20x16x6″
  • Irene Martinez Yates, “Bere de Santa Cruz,” carved & painted wood, 21x17x 3″
  • J Waid Griffin, “Waiting for Rain”-oil on canvas, 5’hx7’w
  • Michael McCormick Gallery (on loan):
  • Tom Suriya, “Taos Mountain Summer,” 20″x60″
  • Kevin McDermott, “Casa Grande Ollas,” 32.5″x42.5″
  • Kevin McDermott, “Zia,” 24″ x 32″
  • Malcolm Furlow, “Wolf at the Spring” #11/90, 20″x20″
  • Malcolm Furlow, “Jack” #15/90, 30″x30″
  • Pat Woodall, “Return to the Pueblo,” 15.5″x17.5″
  • Pat Woodall, “The Congregation,” 17″x23″
  • Shelbee Mares, “Taos Garden, 18″x 24”
  • Shelbee Mares, “Botanica IV,” 18″x24″
  • Shelbee Mares, “Reflective Awakening,” 36″x48″
  • Bill Baker, “Waiting on Noragachic,” 17″x23″
West Wing
  • Larry Calcagno, “Earth Legend Series,” acrylic on canvas, 49×39″
  • John Lawler (on loan): John Nieto, “Anniversary Ascension,” framed acrylic painting on canvas, 63″x52″
  • Aaron Karp, “Caldron,” acrylic on canvas, 60×80″

 

Sandia Vista Room
  • Luis Tapia, “Our Lady of Guadalupe,” santo, painted wood carving 20″x6″x5″
  • Stella Teller, “Storyteller”-native clay, polychrome paint, turquoise and heishe, 11″x10″x13″
  • Robert Tenorio, “Sikyatki Shaped Bow”-hand-coiled clay with earth pigments, 8″x15″
  • Dorothy Torivio, “Seed Jar”-pottery with traditional black paint/graduated design, 11″x11″
  • Maxine Toya, “Hopi Woman”-ceramic with earth pigments, 12″x9″x6″
  • Dora Tse Pe, “Untitled”-black ceramic & turquoise with Avanyu design, 7″x9″
  • Robert Montoya, “Images in the Pueblo Night”-casein on ragboard, 16″x20″
  • Tina R. John, “Untitled”-Two Grey Hills tapestry, traditional Navajo design, 26″x40″
  • Pablita Velarde, “Why the Coyote Bays at the Moon”-earth pigment painting on masonite, 24″x14″
  • Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina, “Jar with Dancers”-ceramic with polychrome paint, 10″x11″
  • Charmae Natseway, “Seed Pot”-traditional ceramic with Mimbres design, 7″x8″
Between A & B Concourses
  • Lincoln Fox, “Dream of Flight,” bronze sculpture, 17×14′
Gate A-2 Floor Case
  • Clifford Fragua, “Guardian of the Fourth World,” marble/alabaster, 54x26x18″
Gate B-6
  • Martha Slaymaker, “La Facade II,” bisque porcelain, mixed media & wood on plywood base, 46x27x2″
  • L. Armando Ortega, “Lucinda,” Chimayo weaving, contemporary design, 32×48″
  • Fritz Scholder, “The Magician,” color lithograph, #53/60, 39×26″
D Gates
  • Ron Adams, “Profile in Blue,” color lithograph, #16/50, 47×35″
Associate Director’s Reception Area
  • Ron Adams, “Profile in Blue,” color lithograph, #16/50, 47×35″
Planning and Development
  • Dayton F. Molzen (on loan) 16″x24″ Framed Color Photographs:
    • “Day’s Done”
    • “Rest Stop”
    • “Desert Thunder”
    • “Tack Room”
    • “Sabrina”
    • “River Crossing”
Ticketing Level – Outside Press Room and Meeting Room
  • Gary Niblett, “Guadalupe Sunrise,” oil on canvas, 39×49″
  • Tim Prythero, “American,” mixed media sculpture, 13x28x8″
  • Hilda Appel Volkin, “All That Surrounds the Earth Surrounds Me,” silkscreen acrylic sculpture, 10x29x7″
  • RC Gorman, “Storage Jar,” color lithograph, #37/225, 26×36″
  • Sam Scott, “Sun Song,” oil on canvas, 44×34″
Director’s Area
  • Pop Chalee, “Brown Deer,” casein on canvas, 35×45″
  • Pop Chalee, “Blue Deer,” casein on canvas, 35×45″
Great Hall
  • John Boomer, “Serenity & Hope,” wood & marble sculpture with music string, 35″ x 12″ x 7″
  • Liz Anderson, “Untitled,” ceramic vessel raku fired, 17″x15″x11″
  • Louise Laval, “Andean Spirit,” doll: fabric, clay, fetishes, silver, tin, ribbon, yarn, 29″x9″x4″
  • Elizabeth C. Naranjo, “Lamp Vase,” traditional black ceramic with Avanyu design, 17″x12″ diameter
  • Pop Chalee, “Buffalo Mural,” casein on canvas, 49″x202″
  • Pop Chalee, “Horse Mural,” casein on canvas, 48″x202″
  • Wilson Hurley, “La Cueva Sunset, West,” oil on canvas, 63″x135″
  • Wilson Hurley, “La Cueva Sunset, East,” oil on canvas, 63″x135″
  • Eddie Dominguez, “Untitled,” terracotta fish platter with glaze, 12″x18″x3″
  • Charlie Carrillo, “La Huida a Egipto,” traditional New Mexican retablo, paint on wood, 24″x18″
  • Paula Rodriguez, “Popular Santos in New Mexico,” black wooden cross with straw inlay, 18″x10″
  • Angie Reano Owen, “Untitled,” traditional bracelet with turquoise, lapis, mother of pearl, jet and abalone on green snail shell, 4″x4″x2″
  • Stewart Quandelacy, “Medicine Bear,” fetish/alabaster with turquoise & silverado jet, 9″x9″x2″
  • Rosemarie Lopez Stuyck, “Queen of Rosary, Lady of Guadalupe, Lady of Sorrows,” retablo, paint on wood, 20″x31″
  • Horacio Valdez, “San Rafael,” santo, painted wood carving, 20″x8″x6″
  • Tranquilino Roybal, “St Francis,” santo, painted wood carving, 25″x10″x7″
  • Artis Lane, “Emerging Madonna I,” ceramic/bronze, 25″x14″x10″
  • William Moyers, “The Norther,” bronze, 19″x19″x19″
  • John Nieto, “Buffalo Dancer,” acrylic on canvas, 6’x5′
  • Bill Baker, “Tararhumara of the Sierra Madre”, pastel on board 48″x68″
  • Grayson, Ilena, “Untitled” earthenware with metalic leaf, 15″x13″
  • Gachupin, Laura, “Owl Bowl”, traditional ceramic with polychrome paint, 6″x8″
Old Terminal Building
  • Pop Chalee, “Navajo Yeibichai,” casein on canvas, 36×26″
  • Pop Chalee, “Apache Crown Dancer,” casein on canvas, 36×26″
  • Pop Chalee, “Taos Horsetail Dancer,” casein on canvas, 62×70″
  • Pop Chalee, “Matachine,” casein on canvas, 36×26″
  • Pop Chalee, “Zuni Masked Dancer,” casein on canvas, 36×26″
  • Stuart Walker, “Untitled,” oil on canvas, 30×40″
  • Jack O’Connor, “Eagle Dancer,” metal/colored epoxy sculpture, 5’h x 8’w
  • The Albuquerque Museum (on loan):
  • Navajo Tribe, Wood Navajo Weaving, 63″x42.5″
  • Navajo Tribe, Wood Yei Type Weaving, 70″x39″
  • Navajo Tribe, Wood Navajo Weaving, 82.5″ x 42″
  • Navajo Tribe, Two 1939 Grey Hills Weavings, 71″x43″
  • Willis Brooks, “Carnuel,” 1934 framed oil painting on canvas, 54.625″x66.5″
  • Patrocinio Barela, “Santo Nino De Atocha,” 1901 cottonwood, 22″x8″

curtiss pusher biplane

The Sunport is home to an original 1914 Curtiss Pusher Design Biplane located in the Great Hall near the north window. The biplane is believed to be the finest surviving example of an original Curtiss-design pusher. It was designed after the first biplanes flown in New Mexico by Charles Walsh in 1911, and Lincoln Beachey in 1912. To commemorate these landmark flights, The Albuquerque Museum and the Albuquerque International Sunport jointly purchased this historic airplane for the people of Albuquerque. Its presence in the Sunport is a monument to the history of early aviation in New Mexico. In contrast to modern aircraft, the propeller is located in back of the craft and it pushed, rather than pulled, the biplane through the air. Most of the airplane, including the wing fabric, is in original, unrestored condition. Minor repairs have been made to the wing fabric and bamboo since the plane was acquired in 1987. Only a very small number of parts, including some of the rigging wires, have been replaced.

 Learn more about the biplane.

sunport serenades

In 1998, the Sunport Arts Program officially expanded its schedule of events to include a year-round series of concerts in the Great Hall of the airport terminal. Sunport Serenades offers free concerts, featuring an array of local talent, ranging from classical to mariachi to jazz to polka. Each year, more than 100 free concerts are produced to entertain visitors and welcome travelers to the Land of Enchantment. The concerts are a popular opportunity to showcase diverse and talented performing artists. All performances are free, open to the public, and held in the Great Hall of the Terminal Building, 2nd Level. For more information, call 244-7785.

sunport events

This exhibit showcases mobile works of art and their creators, home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint, and upholster these popular symbols of culture. This exhibit will include custom cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and photography from the past 40 years and seeks to elevate this segment of New Mexican culture beyond its stigmas and stereotypes, to celebrate skilled craftsmanship and their commitment to family and community. The goal is to open a door to people of all cultures to mingle, learn, and appreciate what it means to engineer a proud ride and hit the road, low, slow, and in style. For more information, use this contact form.

sunport exhibits

This exhibit showcases mobile works of art and their creators, home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint, and upholster these popular symbols of culture. This exhibit will include custom cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and photography from the past 40 years and seeks to elevate this segment of New Mexican culture beyond its stigmas and stereotypes, to celebrate skilled craftsmanship and their commitment to family and community. The goal is to open a door to people of all cultures to mingle, learn, and appreciate what it means to engineer a proud ride and hit the road, low, slow, and in style. For more information, use this contact form.

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