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Best dressed: Airport’s ‘Paper Runway’ exhibit wins GAMG award
By DeAllous Smith

Nearly a year ago, Hartsfield-Jackson’s Art Program unveiled its “Paper Runway” exhibit to the world. And now, to the delight of fashionistas everywhere, this playful exhibit of wearable, paper clothing and accessories has been named the Best Museum Exhibition under $100,000 by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.

“Fashion still rocks,” said Katy Malone, senior planning and development assistant for the Airport Art Program. “It is an honor to be recognized by the association for this incredible and timeless exhibit. It creates a fairy-tale world of wearable clothing and accessories, all made from paper.”

Presented in partnership with the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, the collection includes ball gowns, business suits, stilettos, hats and vests.

The pieces — made from banana leaf fibers, recycled cotton rags or found objects, such as coffee filters — were created by “talented, visionary artists” such as renowned Tibetan artist Deepak Shrestha, Malone said.

“We assembled a collection that showcases different themes in each design,” she said. “From the theme of power in Betsy Dollar’s ‘Little Black Dress’ to political ramifications in Mona Waterhouse’s ‘Bound,’ this exhibit reveals clothing’s ability to reflect our mood and define our moment in time.”

“Paper Runway” is displayed in cases along the walkway that connects the main security area and Concourse T. Travelers can see the exhibit through the end of March.

“I love this exhibit,” said departing traveler MaryBeth Davis. “There’s an outfit for every occasion.”

To learn more about the Airport Art Program, visit Hartsfield-Jackson’s Web site at www.atlanta-airport.com, click the Passenger Information link, then select the Airport Art Program from the drop-down menu.

Artist Susan Cutts’ “Fairy Tale” ensemble, which includes a pair of paper heels surrounded by paper roses, is part of Hartsfield-Jackson’s award-winning “Paper Runway” exhibit of wearable, paper clothing and accessories.


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