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Ford Airport Unveils Art Program: Highlights Local Artists

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has unveiled a new art program that will feature local West Michigan Artists. 

“We really wanted something to showcase West Michigan and really show off our wall space that was kind of sitting blank for a little bit.”

That’s Tara Hernandez, Communications Director at the airport. She says their walls will no longer be blank as they just this week unveiled a new Art Program.  Walls will be covered with work from local West Michigan Artists, they’ll  have West Michigan scenery, sculptures and exhibits.   To kick things off, they have an art production, going on live.

“We started this program this week. We have a live artist in painting as people are walking by. Nick Nortier, he’s a Grand Rapids guy. Painting a blue Heron on a Michigan waterway. Starting the program with a cool Michigan scene. You’re going to see different pieces as we go throughout the years, changing the scenery.”

Hernandez says The Airport Art Program is in partnership with the Frey Foundation.  Airport officials say with their Gateway Transformation Project they’ve added more than 59-thousand square feet. Adding art to these spaces, they say will transform the guest experience.

“We have a such a great art scene in West Michigan. We’re the gateway, lots of people coming and going, thousands of people every day. And to show them a bit of the West Michigan scenery through art and also praising our West Michigan artists. It’s really a win-win to highlight the talent, the creativity in our city and transform the space that previously was a blank wall.”

Future art installations include a sculpture depicting traditional Native American symbolism in Michigan and the President Ford Mural by artist Paul Collins will be re-installed on the east end of the lobby.