Art at the Airport
Here at the Airport you can experience a variety of rotating exhibits and new and innovative public art displays that celebrate the beauty, spirit and great creativity of the Central Coast. Scroll through the information below to see which exhibits are currently on display in our Mezzanine and Youth Galleries.
Vine to Wine: The Story of Winemaking in Monterey County
From the coastline to the inland valleys and highlands, Monterey County has a rich history of winemaking dating back centuries. Franciscans first planted grapes at Mission San Antonio in 1771 for sacramental wines. In 1919, Frenchman Lucien Tamm planted vines in the ancient volcanic soils near Pinnacles National Park. Grapes from these historic vines are used in Chalone Vineyard’s wine today. After Prohibition, others were drawn to the area, recognizing the terroir’s potential. In the 1960s and 1970s, the industry expanded to become one of the world’s premier winegrowing regions.
Explore the history, process and passion of Monterey Wine Country in this exhibit, presented with assistance from Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association.
The Vine to Wine exhibit opened on November 15, 2019 and will be on display until the fall of 2020.
I AM a Work of Art by Students of Los Arboles Middle School
With the help of art instructor Jordana Scheer, Los Arboles Middle School’s sixth through eighth grade students created self-portrait artworks inspired by art history. Students started their projects by practicing various drawing techniques such as gesture, contour and blind contour using charcoal and black paint as their materials. They also learned to sketch the figure, face and took turns posing as models in different positions for the class to illustrate.
This project was inspired by the work of Kehinde Wiley, a current artist from Los Angeles who makes large scale painted portraits. His work is about bringing regular people into high art by choosing people he meets on the street and juxta-posing them into a famous artwork from history they connect with. He will then depict them in the same position as the figure in the chosen artwork.
Against the Odds: Pioneering Women of Monterey County
Whether labeled “hell on wheels,” “pillars of the community” or “agents of change”, the energy, wisdom, and courage of the women featured in this exhibition were forces to be reckoned with during their lifetimes. Their accomplishments and contributions to the betterment of Monterey County communities underlie countless local ordinances, institutions, and civic benefits that we take for granted today.
This exhibit scratches the surface in presenting a glimpse of the many prominent women who have contributed to Monterey County’s rich history. We hope their stories will inspire today’s women in pursuing their dreams and goals, and will encourage families to preserve photos, documents and mementos of their own “pioneer women.”