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Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is looking for artists to exhibit their artwork at the airport for a rotating exhibition beginning October 2020 through the start of 2021. This is part of CAE’s new program, “Art in the Airport.”

The program was created to showcase Midlands artists' work. Art in the Airport is also intended to enhance travelers’ experience while “creating a sense of place” within the airport. Upon landing, travelers will see the art which showcases the life and culture of the Midlands.

Those interested in participating are asked to email the following information to Lynne Douglas at by Sept. 4:

  • Name, address, phone, email, website (if applicable)
  • Artist bio
  • Artist statement
  • At least five images representing the type of artwork anticipated to be shown

Artists must reside in one of the following Midlands counties: Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Newberry or Aiken.

The exhibition will be located in the walkway between the security checkpoint and the departure/arrival gates. Selected exhibits must contain a minimum of twelve pieces as there are twelve wall columns in the walkway.

CAE will provide labels for each piece in the exhibit to include the artist’s name, contact information, title of the piece, dimensions, type of medium and selling price of the piece. CAE will also provide signage for the exhibit to include the artist’s bio and/or statement.

Artists are welcome to preview the exhibit location by contacting Lynne Douglas via email at or by phone at 803-822-5020. Staff escort is required to access the location.

Art submissions will be reviewed by CAE’s selection committee. Artists selected for the rotating arts exhibit for the Oct. 2020-Jan. 2021 season will be notified by Sept. 11, 2020.

CAE does not charge artists to exhibit their work, nor does the airport take commission on pieces sold. Any transactions of artwork sales will be conducted directly between the artist and the customer purchasing the artwork.

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