Art At the Airport

The Art At the Airport program is a partnership of the Cultural Coalition and the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), which manages and operates Groton – New London Airport.

The program’s purpose is to showcase the region’s uniqueness, history, industry, culture and geography through visual arts in the airport’s main terminal located at 155 Tower Avenue in Groton.

Watch a short video (2 1/2 minutes) about the program HERE.

The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition and the CAA seek arts or community organizations, with desire and ability to take advantage of an off-site exhibit space that engage new audiences, and who voluntarily partner in this endeavor.

Call for 2022 exhibitions – The Cultural Coalition and CAA are seeking 3-month exhibition proposals for next year (beginning January 2022).

  • Interested exhibitors will identify, curate and manage wall displays of mounted and framed originals, reproductions and prints of paintings and photographs; and possibly arrange special events to promote such displays. Examples of the layout and dimensions available for wall art exhibition space can be seen below in photos, on our Facebook page, or by request. There is 55’ total linear wall space.
  • Aviation-theme exhibits welcome.
  • To submit a proposal: Send your letter/email of interest to: Wendy Bury, Executive Director, Cultural Coalition,

Exciting news for Art At the Airport program!
We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with the Groton Public Library to provide companion programs to the quarterly exhibits on view at the airport beginning in 2020.

Need More Information?
For more information about this exciting opportunity contact: Catherine Young, Connecticut Airport Authority, (860) 445/8549 or (860) 625/0375

Learn More About Visual Arts Programs at Airports
National Academy of Sciences’ Visual Arts Programs at Airports: A Synthesis of Airport Practice


On View Sept. 10, 2021 – “Peace in Nature” presented by Artreach, Inc. through Nov. 15, 2021  

The Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program fall exhibit “Peace in Nature,” a mixed media gallery exhibit of artwork created by Artreach, Inc.’s program members. The exhibit is free and available to view from September 10 to November 15 at the Groton – New London Airport.

Artreach heals through creativity. During the pandemic, all programs moved to virtual platforms. This summer, Artreach began holding in-person visual arts workshops outdoors with sessions focused on the theme ‘peace in nature.’ Master teaching artist Faith Satterfield guided the artists in exploring the natural elements, focusing on earth, sky, and water. Each week the workshop traveled to a different outdoor location to work en plain air using watercolor, pencil or medium of the artists’ choice.

Faith Satterfield is an internationally-trained illustrator and visual artist, the owner and founder of By Faith, under which she does Murals By Faith, Paint Parties By Faith, art classes, curates art shows and takes commissions. She is a teaching artist who facilitates large murals, art projects involving from one to over three hundred people, and classes. Faith has been teaching with Artreach since 2016.

“Peace in Nature” will also feature original artwork that was published in the zine formatted volume “Creativity Heals: Art & Poetry by Artreach.” It will be the inaugural showing of this 2020 project following the pandemic postponement last year.

The Art At the Airport program is a partnership of the Cultural Coalition and the Connecticut Airport Authority, which manages and operates Groton – New London Airport. The program’s newest partner, Groton Public Library, plans to host a companion event with Artreach during Mental Health Awareness Week in early October.

Groton – New London Airport’s terminal is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm for public viewing of the exhibit. Parking is easily accessible and free. Face mask use and 6 foot distancing protocols in effect.

Previously on Exhibit – “Take Flight” inspired by moments in aviation history   

The spring & summer exhibit Take Flight, featured aviation-inspired, colorful mosaic tiles hand-crafted in clay by local artists, Paul and Esther Halferty of Lilywork Artisan Tile in Stonington. Each mosaic depicted a specific moment in aviation history. From hot air balloon to glider, and from passenger plane to space shuttle, each unique mosaic was created individually by hand. The Halfertys use traditional techniques to craft their tile – starting with a hand-carved mold, and a block of clay.


Spotlight on the International Ice Patrol – Event Recording HERE

Previously on Exhibit – U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol 

 The Art At the Airport program’s winter exhibit featured reproductions of oil paintings and graphic illustrations depicting the mission of the United States Coast Guard International Ice Patrol, which has its Operations Center in New London. The exhibit was on view January through March, 2021 at the Groton – New London Airport.

The United States Coast Guard International Ice Patrol’s mission is to monitor the iceberg danger in the North Atlantic Ocean and provide relevant iceberg warnings to the maritime community. The Ice Patrol was established as a direct result of the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912 after striking an iceberg. Except for the years of the World Wars, the Ice Patrol has been active each ice season since 1913.

The International Ice Patrol Operations Center (OPCEN) is the hub for information processing and dissemination. OPCEN is staffed by dedicated watch standers that receive iceberg reports from a variety of sources, process the information, and create daily iceberg warning products that are distributed to mariners. Fixed wing Coast Guard aircraft conduct the primary reconnaissance work for the Ice Patrol and depart from the Groton-New London Airport.


Previously on Exhibit – On loan from the Submarine Force Museum & Library, history of the submarine base

sample panels



Previously on Exhibit – “New London, New Colors” 

an exhibit from Expressiones Cultural Center featuring artists Adrian Meyer, Ivan Huerto and Maria Colombo. The artists are part of Expressiones’ Artist-in-Residence program, which develops art projects collaboratively with New London Public School students.

The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program’s fall exhibit, “Open Spaces” featuring the paintings from four local artists, that opens on October 2 and will be on view through December 16 at the Groton – New London Airport.

Renowned artists Susan MacKay, Liz McGee, Mark Patnode, and Susan Stafford present a celebration of Southeastern Connecticut’s coastal vistas. “The inspiration for the exhibit comes from the beautiful landscapes we see all around us,” artist Liz McGee notes, “these are the places we go to renew our souls, connect with nature, and just ‘get outdoors.’ What better way to capture and share these ‘Open Spaces’ than through a painting!”

Susan MacKay is a portrait and landscape painter who strives to convey the beauty and wonder of the world through color and light. Her work can be commissioned and viewed at:

Liz McGee is an award winning artist and popular watercolor teacher. She finds that the best quality about watercolor paint is its ability to surprise and invites viewers to enjoy the subtleties and transparent qualities. Her work can be found in many local galleries and online via her website:

Mark Patnode describes the goal of all his artwork as “powerful visual simplicity.” He paints a variety of subjects, but finds great satisfaction working with landscapes to bring out the light from the sky. Find out more on his website:

Susan Stafford moved to Mystic after graduating from Pratt Institute and has worked as a freelance artist since then. In addition to teaching, she accepted commissioned work for paintings as well as doing murals in homes and businesses in the area, including the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London. You may visit her site:

Previously on Exhibit – Graphic Designer Rita Rivera

The Art At the Airport program’s summer exhibit, posters and artwork from local artist and graphic designer Rita Rivera, opened on August 2 and closed on September 30 at the Groton – New London Airport.

Rita Rivera, owner of Love & Pop Designs, is a graphic artist, writer and illustrator who has created artwork, logos and posters for many of the region’s cities, towns and major events. She has received numerous awards for her designs and is a tourism marketing and communications consultant for the Eastern Tourism District.

Rivera has created designs for the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Connecticut Food and Farm Magazine, Niantic Main Street, Garde Arts Center, and the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT. Rivera is a Best of Readers Choice awardee for graphic design and a recipient of the Southeastern CT 40 Under 40 award. The Art at the Airport exhibit features posters, logos and artwork highlighting events, cities and towns including Mystic, New London and Niantic.

















Previously on exhibit – Slater Memorial Museum’s Panels from “Brought to Light: Ellis Ruley in Norwich” 

The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program’s spring exhibit, panels from Slater Memorial Museum’s “Brought to Light: Ellis Ruley in Norwich,” that opens on May 13 and will be on view through July 30 at the Groton – New London Airport.

The Art At the Airport program’s purpose is to showcase the region’s uniqueness, history, industry, culture and geography through visual arts in the airport’s main terminal located at 155 Tower Avenue in Groton. The Art At the Airport program is a partnership of the Cultural Coalition and the Connecticut Airport Authority.

From the Slater Memorial Museum – “Ellis Walter Ruley was born in Norwich in 1882 into modest circumstances. More unusual circumstances made him financially comfortable during the Great Depression; unusual for anyone, let alone an African American with a passion to paint. He died under suspicious circumstances in 1959 after establishing himself as a local “outsider” artist, and after his death, his work became highly collectible and even more revered. By 1996, a book cataloguing his work was published and a major retrospective exhibition toured the country. But in Norwich his grave was still unmarked, his homestead was derelict and his death remained a mystery. Decades later, the community, the City and local officials have embraced this native son and a celebration of his life is taking place. Under the auspices of the Ellis Walter Ruley Commemoration Committee, his homesite has become a public park with interpretive panels; a play has been written about his life; elementary and college students have been assigned to create their own works, inspired by his magical imagery.
The exhibition, Brought to Light: Ellis Ruley in Norwich, was developed by the Slater Museum and presented last fall.”

Previously on Exhibit – New London’s ISAAC Students’ Nationally Acclaimed Photography Exhibit  

The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program’s winter exhibit “Community Faces,” presented by the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication, opening on February 6. The exhibit will be on view through April 30 at the Groton – New London Airport.

Students from New London’s Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC) created “Community Faces – Humanizing the Immigrant Label” – a project in which students wrote stories, took photos, shot videos and designed websites for a traveling exhibit and a book about sixteen local immigrants who came to the United States. The project was one of eighteen winning Better World Projects selected by a committee of Expeditionary Learning (EL) Education students, teachers, and leaders, from submissions across the country and featured at a national conference. The exhibit at Groton – New London Airport will feature portraits from the project and includes interactive, mobile phone QR component for additional information.

Previously on Exhibit – “Bela Lyon Pratt: Sculptor of Monument” presented  by  Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy

Bela Lyon Pratt (1867-1917) was born in Norwich, Connecticut to Sarah (Whittlesey) and George Pratt, a Yale-educated lawyer. Together, Pratt’s maternal grandfather and great uncles Orramel, Henry and John Whittlesey, started the first American piano making company in Salem, Connecticut. Orramel also founded, in 1835, the first music school, for women, in the country authorized to confer degrees to teach music, Music Vale Seminary, in Salem, Connecticut.

Bela studied art at Norwich Free Academy, Yale University’s School of Art, and in Paris.  He worked in the studio of renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and, in 1892, created two large sculptural groups representing The Genius of Navigation for the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Bela became an influential teacher of sculpting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and received numerous commissions for monumental public work around New England, including the figures representing Art and Science for the Boston Public Library; Literature, Science and Art for the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress; the Andersonville Boy on the grounds of the State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut; Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem Massachusetts; Captain Nathan Hale for Yale University and placement at other sites, as well as Governor John Winthrop in New London and Captain James Avery in Groton, Connecticut.  The exhibition panels reveal his work and life, including the influence of his wife Helen Lugarda Pray Pratt, also a sculptor.

Previously on exhibit – Life Without Limits from United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Eastern CT, a Waterford-based organization, showcased pieces of art in a variety of mediums including mosaic, sculpture, and paint on canvas. The artists are individuals with disabilities who, along with staff UCP staff members, work together to create one piece of artwork annually to display at the Hygienic Open Art Exhibit. The exhibit was a collection of work created over the years. All artwork is a collaboration between the people making the piece, from its initial conception to completion. Individuals participate in any way they can, whether making a choice about paint color using eye gaze or physical participation using a hand over hand technique. The art program at UCP enables each person to express his or her unique talents in a manner that makes it accessible to them.

Previously on exhibit – 
John Meyer of Norwich: An American Original

The Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy presented John Meyer of Norwich: An American Original.  Throughout Connecticut and beyond, women fondly remember John Meyer of Norwich.  Now considered classics of 20th Century design and function, his line of clothing featured everything from “Bermuda” shorts to preppy A-line skirts, Argyle to Fair Isle sweaters.  John Meyer of Norwich was an innovator in fashion for an emerging demographic of career women and college girls.  Working with other technological innovators, he revolutionized the garment manufacturing process, introducing cutting-edge methods still used today.  In addition, John Meyer’s factory and design business provided employment to dozens of Norwichians.  The exhibited panels reveal the person and the company.