Airport Under The Wing Program Attracts Young Creative People Interested in Public Art


July 16, 2021

A San Diego-based artist has been selected by a public art program to support a mentor artist whose work is scheduled for the San Diego International Airport.

The Airport Arts Program chose Kaori Fukuyama to join Nova Jiang, who was commissioned to create a permanent public artwork as part of the new Terminal 1 program.

The Under the Wing Mentorship Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to gain knowledge of the public art process, from concept to installation.

Fukuyama will assist Jiang by providing support to advance the development of the project, including research, studio visits, stakeholder links, coordination and scheduling of meetings, and documentation of the development of the work of art.

One of the goals of the program is to help an aspiring public artist launch a successful career in the field.

Kimberly Becker, chief executive officer of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said the agency’s arts program “is committed to bringing new voices into the realm of public art.”

Originally from Kumamoto, Japan, Fukuyama lives and works in San Diego. His work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and in situ installations in a variety of materials, from paint and ink to paper, acrylic and resin.

Fukuyama says she is “seeking a deeper understanding of our visual perception.”

She was Artist in Residence at Bread & Salt in San Diego in 2018, and recently completed a large-scale public art installation in North Park. She received the San Diego Art Prize in 2020.

Fukuyama has won over 33 other applicants for the mentorship program. Jiang, arts program staff and a liaison officer from the airport arts advisory committee evaluated the applications.

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