Open Call for Local Artists: CAE is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Art in the Airport Program

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Art in the Airport program.

Throughout the year, this wildly popular program showcases the work of four artists’ from across Columbia region in the busiest part of the airport.

The Art in the Airport program not only enhances the passengers’ experience while traveling through CAE, it creates an immediate sense of place to those visiting. Once a traveler lands, these pieces of art are the first creative and cultural touchpoints they have to the region.

Would you like your artwork to be considered for this prestigious program? Below are details on how artists can submit work and guidelines associated with the program.

Submission Requirements:

To apply for CAE’s Art in the Airport program, please email the following information to by January 28, 2022 at 5 p.m.

  • 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. (Multiple images/clustered pieces of work can be arranged on one column if desired/space allows).

CAE will provide labels for each piece in the exhibit to include artists’ name, 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 Kim Jamieson Crafton, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, a as a 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 art exhibit will be notified February 7th with a public announcement on February 8th.

Things to Know:

CAE does not charge artists to exhibit their work, but will require a 5% commission on pieces sold. This commission will be reinvested into the CAE Art in the Airport program – enhancing display opportunities and required signage. Any and all art transactions must be conducted between CAE, the artist and the purchaser.

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