5th Annual Employee Art Show

The 5th Annual Employee Art Show Nearly 100 local artists received honors Friday, December 5th, 2014 at an awards ceremony celebrating the fifth annual MSP Employee Art Show, sponsored by the National Arts Program. The exhibit, held at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, recognized MSP employees, volunteers and their families. Jeff Hamiel, executive director for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and Robyne Robinson Arts & Culture Director for Airport Foundation MSP, presented awards to the winning artists, as well as recognized all participants.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see photos from the awards ceremony reception.

The exhibit, located at the Thomson Reuters Concourse C Art Gallery (Terminal 1-Lindbergh), features works created by artists representing 27 companies operating at MSP Airport. Artworks include mixed media, sculpture, painting, photography, craft, and works on paper. Many of the exhibitors say they enjoy taking part because it gives them an opportunity to display their artwork to an international audience of thousands.

The exhibit opened November 17 and runs through April 16, 2015.

The Employee Art Show was curated by Robyne Robinson, Arts & Culture Director, Airport Foundation MSP. Celebrity jurors from the creative arts and media community included Jason DeRusha, news anchor and reporter for WCCO-TV; Carolyn Payne, executive director at SOO Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis; and Kim Witczak, corporate art buyer and co-founder of Free Arts Minnesota.

Sixteen winners were chosen from each category, and awarded cash prizes:

Best in Show – Isaac Peloquin, (Mounds View; Employee, Delta Global Services), Boulder Beach: Lake Mead, Nevada, Photography

Adult – Professional
First Place – Isaac Peloquin, (Mounds View; Employee, Delta Global Services), Boulder Beach: Lake Mead, Nevada, Photography
Second Place – Mark Williams, (Savage; Family of Delta Employee), Buck Taylor, Photography
Third Place – Danielle Kutscheid, (Minneapolis; Employee, Delta Global Services), Ascention, Photography

Adult – Intermediate
First Place – Sarah Reagan, (Apple Valley; Family of Sun Country Employee), Untitled, Works on paper
Second Place – Iris Logan, (St. Paul; Family of MAC Employee), Waiting, Craft
Third Place – Patricia Conlin, (Minneapolis; FedEx Employee), Indian Corn, Works on paper

Adult Amateur
First Place – Jeff Kolesar, (Crosslake; Airport Police), Peace Before Battle, Sculpture
Second Place – Liz Grzechowiak, (Minneapolis; MAC Employee), Start the Conversation Early, Photography
Third Place – Allison Waldemar, (Roseville; HMS Host Employee), Daisies, Craft,

Teen (13-18)
First Place – Gavin Taleen, (Minneapolis; Family of Delta Employee), Flower Works on paper
Second Place – Katya Lindberg, (Albertville; Family of Delta Global Services Employee) Screw You, Works on paper
Third Place – Sidney Ward, (Eagan; Family of MAC Employee), 333, Craft,

Youth (12 & Under)
First Place – Leviathan Spears, (Eagan; Family of Delta Employee), Untitled, Works on paper
Second Place – Evan Grimm, (Minneapolis; Family of MAC Employee) Evan’s Wild Thing, Works on paper
Third Place – Carter Anderson, (Mendota Heights; Family of AFMSP Employee), Base Hit, Painting

About the MSP Arts and Culture Program
The MSP Arts and Culture Program is a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the owner and operator of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The mission of the Arts and Culture Program is to enhance MSP Airport’s image, enrich the public’s experience, and promote a sense of place through arts and culture. To learn more about the program, visit www.airportfoundation.org and download the Master Plan.

About the National Arts Program
The National Arts Program® (NAP) currently sponsors 78 annual programs, encompassing more than 450 cities and counties within 40 states and the District of Columbia. The concept of NAP is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for all people to present their visual art talents, of any level, in a public exhibition, free to the artists and public. The National Arts Program® is sponsored and funded by The National Arts Program Foundation of Malvern, Pennsylvania, in support and cooperation with local city arts agencies and organizations. The soul purpose of The National Arts Program Foundation is to fund The National Arts Program®. To learn more about The National Arts Program®, visit the website, www.nationalartsprogram.org.