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MSP Airport employee artists honored at reception

Approximately 200 people attended a reception Friday evening, Dec. 7 to honor the 150 employee artists who submitted artwork for the 8th Annual MSP Airport Employee Art Show, now on exhibit through May 2019 in the Thomson Reuters Concourse C Art Gallery at Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

Those 150 artists contributed a total of 201 pieces of art, one of the largest number of pieces the show has ever exhibited.

At the event, first, second and third-place winners were announced in each of the following categories: Adult Professional, Adult Intermediate, Adult Amateur, Teen 13-18, Youth 12 and Under, which were independently judged by a panel of three leaders from the Minnesota arts scene.

The show is coordinated and run by the Arts@MSP program and sponsored by the National Arts Program, whose mission is to provide individuals a forum to showcase and develop their visual artistic talents. The NAP has been holding annual exhibits like these across the country for 33 years.

"I'm thrilled that we had more than 150 individuals submit more than 200 pieces of art this year," said Ben Owen, Director, Arts@MSP. "This is one of the largest employee art shows we've mounted in recent years."

Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission and Sue Jens, executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Ben Owen announced the winners following a reception that included refreshments provided by MSP concessionaires OTG and Caribou Coffee and music by Ticket to Brasil.

For a full listing of winners, go visit the Airport Foundation's website.