In October 1990, the Airport Beautification Committee challenged Artport to open the first showing in time to greet travelers to the Independence Bowl. It was a huge success. From its simple beginnings, Artport has grown to impressive proportions. The 2012 show was the fourteenth installment and attracted an over 2,000-person crowd opening night. The 2015 show is slated for April 2, 2015 and themed "Flying Colours".
"More than just an art show, Artport exists for so many good reasons. To the artists, Artport is an opportunity to show and sell art, whether holding an aspiring or professional status. To the national and international traveler, Artport is a window into the high caliber of talent in our community, as well as the culture and ambiance of our world. To the locals, it is encouragement and pride in our hometown, and the reinforcement that the arts are alive and well. To the airport, it is part of an ongoing beatification project. And most importantly, it serves as a catalyst for artist to support the many philanthropic needs in our community. There's no better time than now to broaden the brush stroke and impact as much of the need in our community as possible," said Cindy Smith, Artport President.
Artport is made possible by Kalmbach Smith Meadows, Shreveport Regional Airport and generous donations to Artport from area businesses and individuals. The Artport staff extends special thanks to the numerous artists' sponsors, United Tile, Harrison Paint Company, Neil Johnson, Shreveport Regional Airport Security & Maintenance, and many more.