Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Dulles International Airport

Celebrate the Arts in the Airports!

Arts Program at Dulles International and Reagan National Airports
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, through its Arts Program, welcomes visitors to the National Capital Region from across the country and around the world. Here at the Airports you can experience diverse regional, national and international rotating exhibits, dynamic live performances and new and innovative public art displays that celebrate the stately beauty, spirit and great creativity of the National Capital Region.

Live Performances

As part of our performing arts program, the Airports Authority brings musicians, singers, dancers and other artists to Washington’s airports to provide entertainment for our passengers to enjoy throughout the year.

Summer Jazz Series

Dulles International will host a series of jazz performances throughout the remainder of summer. The performances, which are pre-security and open to the public, kicked off Thursday, July 17. Passengers will hear several styles of jazz including Brazilian, contemporary, classical, mainstream and soul. The series provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents for the diverse audiences that travel through the Airports.  Read more about the music series here.

Wednesday, Aug. 13 Stan Hamrick dba Potomac Jazz Project
Classical Jazz
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14 Chelsey Green and The Green Project
Classical Soul Jazz
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Temporary and Rotating Exhibits

Current Exhibit: "Life: Magnified" showcases more than 40 images of cells magnified up to 50,000 times. The microscopic images provide glimpses of cells from the brain, eye, skin and other views of life in action. The vibrant colors passengers will see are the result of chemical dyes or graphic design programs that allow scientists to get a better view of cell structure.

The exhibit will be on display until November 2014 in Gateway Gallery in the connecting walkway between AeroTrain C-Gates and the C Concourse.

The Gateway Gallery is located in the connector walkway between the AeroTrain C-Gates station and the C Concourse. The gallery provides an opportunity for local photography associations to showcase the works of their member photographers.


Pictured above are the hairs of a lizard magnified many times.

Dulles Airport Concourse A/B has on display Wall for Peace 2011, a free-standing rectangular sculpture with a four-sided LED screen that displays English translations of scriptures related to peace from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judiasm, and Sikhism. Wall for Peace 2011 aims to promote peaceful and non-violent resolutions to conflict by encouraging an interfaith dialogue.  




    The Daedalus

    The Daedalus 87 – B-Gates AeroTrain Station
    In late 2009, the Aurora Flight Foundation worked with the Airports Authority to install Daedalus 87, the first human powered aircraft. The aircraft spans 112 feet and is named for the mythological inventor of aviation. It was built by students, faculty and graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The aircraft is suspended in the large mezzanine space directly above the B-Gates AeroTrain station. Passengers can enjoy several views of the aircraft as they ride the escalators and elevators around it.

    Public Art

    Hello and Welcome - U.S. Customs area in Concourse C
    Self-portraits of 180 local schoolchildren from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia greet passengers arriving on international flights in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection area in Concourse C. Artist Catherine Judge taught local students the art of portraiture for this project. Pastels and colored paper were the media for the original portraits. The images, along with words of welcome in several languages, were then fabricated in porcelain enamel for the public art project designed by Michael McBride, and 18 of the 40 panels were backlit to enhance their color. A plaque includes the names of each student artist so their work may be admired for years to come as it welcomes visitors to the Nation's Capital.


    Wonder of Wonders near the A-Gates AeroTrain Station
    Passengers can enjoy "Wonder of Wonders," permanent abstract art, bronze cast in a variety of metallic hues, which creatively depicts the journey through life and the exploration of the universe. 

    Public Art - U.S. Customs area in the International Arrivals Building (IAB)
    Game of Flyers 2

    The Game of Flyers, Part Two, 2012 - Above IAB Primary Inspection Hall
    The hall area, expanded in 2009, provides a welcoming gateway to Dulles International. After stepping through the entrance, passengers can see a large suspended sculpture by well-known New York artist Alice Aycock. The sculpture includes lighting which moves across the space on the diagonal axis. It is suggestive of an aerodynamic dance movement across the space and contains shapes and forms which refer to airplanes, the euphoria of flying and the night sky.

    North/East/South/West - Above IAB Baggage Claim Area
    The baggage claim area in the Main Terminal's International Arrivals Building (where U.S. Customs and Border Protection operates) was expanded in 2011. New skylights were added providing an ideal light source for Philadelphia artist Ray King's artwork.

    The artwork consists of four lens sculptures, each using a large 14' diameter filter suspended under the skylights. Each lens projects splashes of spectacular color onto the white terrazzo floor in the center of the baggage claim area. The four projection sites are color-coded to represent the four cardinal directions: North--Blue; South--Magenta; East--Yellow; West--Cyan. The colors change dynamically depending on the angle of the light source and the viewpoint of the spectator.

    The Pendulum Project

    The Pendulum Project - Along IAB Exit Wall
    Just before leaving the Customs area, passengers will pass The Pendulum Project, a resin wall sculpture which juxtaposes global and local time within a series of folded and digital lenticular images. The piece, by Boston artist Mikyoung Kim, offers a dynamic visual experience that contrasts global telescopic images from NASA with local landscape images and microscopic regional plant life photographs from the Forest Products Laboratory. The project underscores contrasting pendulum conditions of time from the regional plant transformations during the seasons of the year to the global transformations of light in a 24 hour period as the sun orbits the earth

    More Information

    If you are interested in performing in the Airports or submitting your works for display through a regional Arts Association or museum, click here to contact the Arts Program Manager

    Click here for Arts Program at Reagan National