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Employees’ artwork on display
By Amy Schneider

The judges’ decisions are in, and the first employee art exhibit is on display, featuring about 170 pieces by Airport employees.

More than 100 artists who work at Hartsfield-Jackson — for airlines, agencies and other companies as well as the Department of Aviation — submitted pieces for the juried show. The selected works are on display in the Atrium and in the display cases on Concourse T near the cheese-cutter (where the puppetry exhibit recently resided).

“We know that our colleagues are good at what they do professionally, because we see that every day,” said David Vogt, Airport Art Program manager. “This exhibit gives us the chance to see their artistic talents and the wonderful work they do outside of the workplace.”

The exhibit, held in conjunction with the National Arts Program Foundation, will be on display through January 4.

Cash prizes were awarded in three categories for adults — amateur, intermediate and professional — depending on their level of expertise. There also were categories for children (age 12 and younger) and teens (13 to 18). In the adult categories, prizes were $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Children’s and teens’ prizes were $75 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third. There also was a Best of Show award of $300 for the top artwork.

“Because of the quality of the submissions, the judges decided to award 17 honorable mentions to recognize additional works,” Vogt said.

The judging panel consisted of Atlanta artist Mario Petrirena, Atlanta artist/curator Kevin Sipp and Atlanta artist Rebecca Des Marais, who also is director of the Youth Art Connection.

Artists and their family members gathered for a reception and a tour of the exhibit on December 5 at the Executive Conference Center.

The National Arts Program encourages the creation of art by people in all walks of life and seeks to dispel the stereotype of art as a luxury for the few. About 30,000 pieces of the “people’s art” are produced and exhibited through the program each year.

Employees' work is on display in these cases on Concourse T as well as in the Atrium.

Employees' work is on display in these cases on Concourse T as well as in the Atrium.

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