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Ford airport partners with Kendall College

February 28, 2014
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Ford airport partners with Kendall College
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by five passenger airlines with 120 daily scheduled nonstop flights to and from 23 major market destinations. Courtesy Ford airport

Travelers will now have an art gallery-worthy experience while traveling through Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The airport said this month that it has partnered with Kendall College of Art & Design, Ferris State University to display student artwork on a rotating basis.

Two dimensional and three-dimensional works from the school's undergraduate and graduate programs will be included in the displays, which will be located throughout the airport, including in the concourses, terminals and parking structures.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with KCAD to curate art throughout our terminal facility,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks. “This community partnership will further our efforts to bring local and regional culture into the airport that can be viewed by thousands of people passing through the Gerald R. Ford International Airport each day.”

The first installation this month features the work of KCAD graduate students Laurie Hunt and Matt Gubancsik.

Hunt's prints focus on Michigan lakes and address "environmental concerns and the fragility of our delicate ecosystem," and Gubancsik's photos explore environments that are illusion and fabricated, "but are informed by a sense of awe and the sublime, as found in nature."

"We are a region where creativity is all around us — in our businesses, our institutions, our furnishings, our architecture and even our foods and festivals,” said KCAD President David Rosen. “How wonderful that when we come home or someone new enters our home, the first sight is of this creativity that makes our region special. How wonderful that the last sight that travelers behold leaves an impression of our creativity. I feel honored that KCAD has been asked to help fashion those important impressions that remind us, and that tell others, who we are and what we stand for."

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