Memphis International Airport Arts Program
Performing Arts in the Airport
Passengers can watch regular one-hour performances by woodwind and string quartets as part of an agreement with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
The soothing performances vary in location but most often are located in the Main Terminal and in Concourse C near Gate C11.
The concerts help distinguish MEM from other airports.
Memphis International Airport hosts a variety of locally focused art exhibits. Our goal is to enrich the experience of travelers and provide them with a little insight into the culture, art and museums of Memphis. Much of the artwork on display is themed around the region’s musical heritage.
In addition, there are 34 fine art pieces from the Memphis in May International Festival's collection on display in the Concourse B gate areas. The pieces are the original artwork created for the honored country for each year's festival.
Student Competition: Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds
In 2008, Memphis International Airport launched an annual local visual art contest. Each year the top 45 works of art are selected and put on display in the airport’s passenger walkway connectors between concourses A, B and C. Students are challenged to capture what they love about the city.
Each year a panel of judges evaluates the new works for theme, concept, composition and craftsmanship.
Memphis International Airport receives more than 300 entries, from which 45 are selected to become paintings for the airport’s exhibition along the walkway connectors.
Painting titled "Color in Life," a tribute to the late B.B. King by Fabian Lopez, a student at Oakhaven High School
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Memphis International Airport has 20 pieces from the Belz Collection on display outside the Delta Sky Club in the connector between concourses B and C.
This beautiful collection of art includes jadeite and jade vases, ivory balls and figurines, an intricately carved mammoth tusk, a model Judaica train, silver scroll cases and a handcrafted Judaica set. One of the most impressive pieces is the exquisitely carved mammoth tusk featuring a beautiful Chinese landscape. Perhaps the most intriguing piece in the display is an ivory mystery ball with 48 concentric layers.