Cultural Council expands Art in Public Places to the Vero Beach Regional Airport

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Photo by Steve Erickson
Barbara Hoffman, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Indian River County and Eric Menger, Director of the Vero Beach Regional Airport at the new Art in Public Places installation in the Airport passenger waiting room in front of the painting, “Teaching the Joy of Flight” by local artist Merana Cadorette.

The Cultural Council of Indian River County’s popular Arts in Public Places program has been expanded to include art in the passenger waiting room at the Vero Beach Regional Airport.  More than 20 works of art by local artists were installed at the Airport in time for the last Saturday’s Airport Heritage Day, celebrating the airport’s 90th Anniversary & Vero Beach Centennial.

Airport Director Eric Menger, who joined Cultural Council Executive Director Barbara Hoffman for the installation, said he was pleased with the excellent quality of the art selected. He added there would be plenty of passengers to view the art work with the growing airport now facilitating nearly 20,000 passengers flying in and out of the airport each year.

Through the Arts in Public Places program, the Cultural Council arranges exhibitions of local art in public buildings and serves in an advisory capacity in the selection and installation of art pieces.   Calls for art are frequently sent out to artists to provide art pieces for the Art in Public Places Exhibitions.  Art chosen to be exhibited is for sale to the public.   A selection committee is created for each location where the Cultural Council member artists’ work is reviewed and selected for the 3 month rotating exhibitions in Indian River County and Vero Beach public buildings.  The Cultural Council coordinates and encourages Public Art projects and serves as an advocate for public art in Indian River County. Exhibits already exist at the Indian River County Courthouse and the Indian River County Administration Complex.  Another new installation of art is scheduled soon for the County’s Intergenerational Recreation Center.

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