Museum of Flight unveils its ‘Art + Flight’ exhibition

The showcase highlights the region’s aerospace connection with works from 30+ artists.


The “Aura” photo booth mural depicts space trash that’s currently being tracked.

Photo via Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight

This is your captain speaking — get those seats into the upright position, because the Museum of Flight is about to launch an intriguing new exhibit.

Art + Flight debuts at the Seattle museum this Saturday, June 10, highlighting works in various mediums from 30+ artists, including many local folks.

The theme is about celebrating the region’s connection to the aerospace industry, as you might expect, with flights of fancy that take visitors into the upper stratosphere and beyond.

Let’s take a gander.


Joe Nix’s mural evokes memories from a childhood surrounded by Boeing factory work.

Photo via the Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight

What’s on display

Assemblage Mural | The 60-ft painting from Seattle artist Joe Nix — the son and grandson of Boeing and naval engineers — draws inspiration from Puget Sound port cities and aircraft.

“I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud” | Installation specialist Nina Vichayapai created a fabric work above the Great Gallery’s walkway “seeded” with wishes written by museum visitors.

“Trails of Vapor” | This audio work from Paul Rucker on the pedestrian bridge includes original compositions, Boeing airplanes on an assembly line, and classic songs like Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.”

“Aura” | Tacoma artist RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen made a large-scale digital print of a star chart with an overlay that depicts 27,000 pieces of human-made space trash.


PNW artist Nina Vichayapai uses fabric to show threads between humankind and our surroundings.

Photo via Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight

Get creative

Besides perusing the juried show gallery at the museum’s Red Barn and surrounding works, there will be a slate of activities for adults + kids alike on opening day, including:

  • Drawing workshops — Pratt Instructor Shruti Ghatak will guide aspiring artists through a few basics.
  • Open studio — watch artist-in-residence Harriet Salmon work on her woven project.
  • Chalk drawing — local artist Kami Huynh will help families create colorful art on the floor of the outdoor Aviation Pavilion.

Keep an eye on the community page for related upcoming events (like a fashion show) and how to make your own FLATstronaut to win a prize.

The main exhibition runs through Jan. 7, 2024, and is free with the price of museum admission.

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