Columbia Metropolitan Airport issues Call for Local Artists for “Art in the Airport” Program

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE hereafter) is currently seeking artists to exhibit their artwork at the airport for a rotating exhibition beginning October 2020 through calendar year 2021 as CAE launches its “Art in the Airport” program.

The purpose of CAE creating an “Art in the Airport” program is to showcase works of art created by artists right here in the Midlands. The art program is also intended to enhance our travelers’ experience while creating a sense of place within the airport. Once a traveler lands, these works of art can be the first artistic and cultural touchpoints to the region.

Interested in participating? Below are details on how artists can submit work to be featured in CAE’s “Art in the Airport” program.

Submission Requirements

To apply for exhibition in CAE’s “Art in the Airport” program, please email the following information to Lynne Douglas, Public Relations & Customer Service Manager at via email by September 4, 2020.

  • Name, address, phone, email, website (if applicable)
  • Artist bio
  • Artist Statement
  • At least five images representing the type of artwork anticipated to be shown
  • *Note: Artists must reside in one of the following Midlands counties: Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Newberry, and Aiken.

Exhibit Requirements

The exhibition location will be in the connector of the terminal, the walkway between the security checkpoint and the departure/arrival gates. Selected exhibits must contain a minimum of twelve pieces as there are twelve wall columns in the location, six on each side of the walkway.

CAE will provide labels for each piece in the exhibit to include artist’s name and contact information and the title, dimensions, type of medium, and selling price of the piece. CAE will also provide signage for the exhibit to include the artist’s bio and/or statement.

Exhibitions must be physically suited to the space, allowing for uninterrupted traffic flow. If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire and install their artwork at their own expense. Artists must be willing to sign CAE’s Artwork Loan and Hold Harmless Agreement.

Artists are welcome to preview the exhibit location by contacting Lynne Douglas, Public Relations & Customer Service Manager, at or 803-822-5020 as staff escort is required to access the location.


Art displayed at CAE is insured by the Columbia Metropolitan Airport while on site; however, the transportation to and from the airport is not covered. Prior to installation, the artist will provide CAE with a description of the exhibit pieces to include the title and value of each piece.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by CAE’s selection committee. Artists selected for the rotating arts exhibit for the October 2020 – January 2021 season will be notified by September 11, 2020.

Things to Know:

CAE does not charge artists to exhibit their work, nor does it take any commission on pieces sold. Any transactions of artwork sales will be conducted directly between the artist and the customer purchasing the artwork.