Airport seeks art proposals for updated terminal

Charleston International Airport is seeking art proposals to dress up the terminal when construction is completed on its expansion and renovation later this year.

With the majority of construction slated to wrap up at Charleston International Airport in just over six months, attention has turned to dressing it up.

Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns and oversees the 30-year-old terminal undergoing a massive makeover, is requesting art proposals by May 19.

“We are looking for art and photography of the Lowcountry,” Art Committee Chairwoman and former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford said. “We are looking for natural scenes, historical scenes, historical photographs, digital prints and video work that incorporates slides. We are not going to be buying original art because we have a limited budget.” She is hoping artists will agree to allow the airport to make high-quality reproductions of their work since the flood of light into the remade terminal will not be conducive to original pieces.

“If people have private collections, maybe they will agree to display them from six months to two years,” Sanford said. “We are hoping to get a lot of different submissions. If we choose an image, they retain ownership.”

Most of the $189 million airport overhaul is expected to be completed in November. Work on a skylight feature for the Delta wing won’t be completed until late January because it was added midway through construction.

Sanford has agreed to continue serving as Art Committee chairwoman until terminal construction is completed after a bill awaiting the governor’s signature reduces the Aviation Authority by two members to 11. Her seat is one of those being eliminated in the bill.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.