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Arts in the AirportAnnual High School Visual Arts & Photography Competition: Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds

16th Annual High School Visual Arts and Photography Competition / Exhibition

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Memphis International Airport announce winners of 15th annual High School Visual Arts & Photography Competition May 4

Memphis International Airport (MEM) will host an exhibition and announce the winners of its art and photography contests on Thursday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. The event will take place on the mezzanine level of the B Ticketing Lobby and all participating students and their families, teachers and judges are invited to attend. Attendees can park in MEM’s short-term parking lot and will be provided with parking vouchers.

All of the student’s art and photographs will be on display on the mezzanine. The awards portion of the event will begin at about 6:30 pm. CityCurrent will be onsite filming the event for a video that will be released at a later date.

View the complete gallery of 2023 finalists:

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 along the walls in the airport’s B baggage claim area. 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 walls in B baggage claim.

Opera MemphisPerforming Arts in the Airport

On the music stage in the terminal rotunda, various artists are featured throughout the year. Keep an eye on our social media channels for performance announcements and on our Music at MEM page.


Art Exhibits

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 gate areas. The pieces are the original artwork created for the honored country for each year’s festival.

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.

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.