Travelers making their way through Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport will continue to be treated to work from local artists while waiting to board their flights. Airport officials have joined forces with the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council to secure five artists that will display works on the corresponding wall near the area where passengers enter the security checkpoint section.

“I have a database with 1,500 local artists,” Kashion Smith, the CVC’s director of Tourism, said. “And we detail the application process in an email blast and also share the information via social media. The artists send samples of their work, as well as the dimensions of their pieces and anonymous members of the arts committee make the selections.”

Smith said each of the five approved artists will receive four months of display time on the wall and noted travelers, in addition to other airport patrons, have responded favorably to the artistic offerings. The current art on display belongs to Amarillo native Quincy Wakefield, with officials stating the next rotation of works would be displayed by mid to late October to coincide with the Working Ranch Cowboys Association's 23rd World Champion Ranch Rodeo Nov. 8-11.

“We’ve had great positive feedback,” she said, adding applicants from any of the 26 surrounding counties are eligible to participate. “And the artists have had success selling their pieces. It’s been great exposure for them and we’re working with the airport staff to expand the areas throughout the airport where art will be displayed. We had great applications, we really did. It's a win for everyone.”

Carl Grayson, who was at the airport on Monday awaiting the flight of his daughter and two grandchildren to arrive, said the art wall serves a dual purpose.

“I think you’re getting a double bang for your buck with this deal,” he said. “First of all, it gives the airport a chance to spruce up a blank wall with some really neat artwork and then the artist gets a chance to showcase his or her work before hundreds of sets of eyes. You really can’t beat that. If you’re an artist, it’s like having your own art gallery show for four months. We have a lot of talented people here and this is just another way of letting others in on that fact."