Art on the Fly


Art provides a gateway to local culture and nothing welcomes someone to CU quite like a piece of local art! 40 North is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with University of Illinois - Willard Airport called Art on the Fly. This brand new program will select work from two local artists that will be reproduced on vinyl and adhered to two large recessed walls adjacent to the security checkpoint. Whether arriving or departing, Art on the Fly reflects the uniqueness of this community and welcomes, amuses, and inspires travelers of all kinds.

After reviewing 60+ submissions, the first selected artists to have their work featured are:

EKAH | “Road to Nowhere” | graphite & digital painting

"The illustration was created as part of an animated, lenticular triptych, which depicts a person’s life, from childhood to adulthood, as one moves through one's life dreaming about traveling to faraway places. Even when one has traveled many miles the dreams and the destination remain the same. The image was drawn in graphite, then scanned and digitally painted to add color.” 







Hua Nian | "Persisting Red" | acrylic on canvas

“I painted this piece as part of an abstract series I call 'game of colors.' Even though there is a big oval shape in the foreground, my main idea relates to the small areas of red: they are a celebration of the small yet persistent forces within us which can conquer all of our obstacles.” 








The two reproduced artworks will remain installed for several months before a new rotation will be selected.