The Fort Smith Regional Airport will feature "Dep(art)ing Passengers," an exhibition of paintings by Charles K. Steiner, on display now through Jan. 7, according to a recent news release from the airport.
The paintings, installed at the central entrance of the passenger terminal, depict passengers waiting to board airplanes. Steiner is a member of the adjunct faculty of the art department at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
The paintings stem from Steiner’s frequent and often last-minute airplane trips to oversee the care of a family member on the East Coast. To maintain his studio practice on such an unpredictable schedule, he filled his sketchbooks with drawings of his fellow passengers while waiting for departures in airports across the country. "Dep(art)ing Passengers" are paintings based on those drawings. Steiner adopted a loose style to capture the movement of people in airports — snacking, stretching, adjusting luggage or just waiting for the gate agent to announce their flight.
Visit CharlesKingSteiner.com/ for information about the artist's other work.