New Art Exhibit at Mineta San Jose International Airport

When the world came to a sudden halt in late March, the world as we know it changed forever. COVID-19 affected lives everywhere. The Arts and individual artists were among those most severely impacted. However, what didn’t change was the ability of the many talented artists throughout the world to express themselves through their artwork.

The City of San José Public Art Program partnered with Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) to create the “Holding the Moment” art exhibit. The exhibit captures local artists’ reflections on the global crisis and current challenging times through their artwork. More than 327 submissions were received, and juried by a prominent panel of Bay Area artists and arts professionals.

Ultimately, ninety-six artworks created by 77 San Jose artists were chosen to be a part of the “Holding the Moment” seven-month art exhibition at SJC. Additionally, each selected artwork was awarded a $2,500 prize to provide economic support to local artists through these unprecedented times.

Each month, starting November 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021, 16 artworks will be displayed for four-weeks in the Terminal B Arrival Halls, next to baggage claim. To view the artwork displayed from November 1 – December 5, 2020, click here. For a virtual tour of the entire collection, visit here.     

If planning to see the artwork in-person, SJC requires face masks throughout the airport, with a reminder to maintain a six-foot distance between others. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

For SJC parking information, visit here.

Collage of new artwork: voting box, people standing back to back, a house, and a painting showing a diverse group of people