Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
1 Aviation Circle - Washington, DC 20001-6000 - (703) 417-8370 - Fax: (703) 417-8371

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

DC Public Schools Hold Art Exhibition at Reagan National Airport

More than 300 works of art by students in District of Columbia Public Schools are on exhibit at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport through May 31st. The theme, "The Art of Achievement," is reflected in the works of more than 100 schools, pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. The exhibition is located on the lower (baggage) level of Terminals B & C.

"Our goal is to show Washington, DC, and the nation, the magnitude of artistic achievement among our students," said Paula Sanderlin Dorosti, Art Content Specialist for DC Public Schools. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, collages, prints, computer graphics, mixed media and three-dimensional constructions.

Terminal B/C, which opened in 1997, incorporates the work of 30 artists and artisans as a permanent part of its design. "We are very pleased to be able to showcase the work of young artists in the District of Columbia along with our own architectural enhancement program. This program has grown into a wonderful community event and this is the fourth consecutive year it's been held at the Airport," said James A. Wilding, president and CEO of the Airports Authority.

Also displayed in National's historic Terminal A are works of art by students at Carl Sandburg Middle School (Fairfax) with whom the Airports Authority has a School-Business Partnership and works by professional artists based at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.

Note to Media: A reception will be held on Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. in Terminal A to honor students and teachers. The community is invited. In attendance will be Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. School Superintendent Paul L. Vance, and Airports Authority President/CEO, James A. Wilding.