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Recycle Runway Takes-off from the Atlanta Airport Published: 08.08.2012 at 10:43 am by Nancy Judd

I de-installed my Recycle Runway exhibition in the Atlanta International Airport last month and sent it home to Santa Fe– it was sad to say goodbye to such a great venue!

Giving a tour of the exhibition to passengers and airport employees

I first met with the  Atlanta’s Airport Art Program staff, David Vogt and Katherine Dirga, over 5 years ago for 15 minutes in-between flights. They generously agreed to meet at my gate for a quick introduction and look at my portfolio. When they informed me a couple of weeks later that they would like to exhibit my work, I was thrilled because they have curated such a wonderful permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Also, knowing that ALT is the busiest airport in the WORLD; I was humbled by such an incredible opportunity to reach so many people with my message of environmental stewardship.

We installed the exhibition in May of 2011 (you can read about our midnight adventures in my blog post from May 10, 2011) and we took it down in the second week of July, 2012. Nineteen garments were initially installed in nine cases and an additional three were added to a tenth case that the Airport Art Program installed in January of 2012 in the entrance to the terminal between the escalator and the information desk. The airport estimates that during this time over 15 million passengers passed through Concourse E!

The exhibition was advertised with a 30 second video on the CNN TV monitors located throughout the entire airport. It was seen several times each day that it was aired. Click here to view the video.

The exhibition was generously sponsored by Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Janome, and Novelis and my Green Partners:, the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Georgia Recycling Coalition, Keep America Beautiful, Keep Georgia Beautiful, the Phoenix Airport Museum and the Turner Foundation.

I was overwhelmed by the number of print and electronic media outlets that covered the exhibition over the 14 months it was on display.

Misc Press Outlets
-USA Today Travel

-NBC/ 11 Alive
-Delta’s Sky Magazine
-Clayton News Daily
-Atlanta Day Book

-Metromix Atlanta

-Future News Network

Blog Posts
-Atlanta Airport




-Stuck at the Airport

-Talking with Tami

-Atlanta International Airport

-Chic Republiq
-Terminal U

Magazines and Newsletters
-Resource Recycling
-Southern Seasons

-New Mexico Recycling Coalition

-Georgia Recycling Coalition
-Glass Packaging Institute

-Click to view numerous “pins” of the exhibition.
Other Social Media


There were so many really heart-harming moments for me during this exhibition, here are a few samples:

  • I received several notes from friends who I have not see for over 20 years that came across my exhibition in the Airport and sent photos of their kids in front of favorite garments.
  • An Army Sergeant that flew through Concourse E numerous times while the exhibition was on display wrote to me often. The installation motivated him to contacted the airport to find out how he could help to improve their recycling program.
  • A Grecian hair-dresser saw the exhibition and was inspired to start a trash fashion show in Drama City, Greece, outside the National Bank of Greece.
  • One of the airport employees, Mr. Jones, who buffs the floor at night in Concourse E told me this: “I will be sad to see this exhibition go, I watched a lot of passengers taking photos of it. In fact I took a photo of one of the dresses and showed it to my son. He got inspired and did a recycling project for his middle school class!”

 THANK YOU to everyone that helped to make this exhibition a success!

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What’s next for the Recycle Runway Collection? Last week it began a tour of museums starting with the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. It is also scheduled to be exhibited in the The Bascom Visual Arts and Education Center in North Carolina and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin. If you know of any museums or art centers in your region that might be interested in hosting the exhibition, please let me know!

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7 responses to “Recycle Runway Takes-off from the Atlanta Airport”

  1. Kim Davison says:

    I would love to have it come to the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in Kalamazoo, Michigan!

  2. Frank Wrenn says:

    Nancy, it was an inspiration to many! I am so glad that Delta Air Lines was a part of it. I’ll miss it when traveling through Concourse E.

  3. Nancy,
    Congratulations on a terrific exhibition for MILLIONS!!! Think of you often as I gear up for ArtPrize this year – now as the Director of Exhibitions. Your work was such an inspiration last year to the thousands who engaged with it and you personally. Your future is as bright and valuable as the amazing garments you create! Best of luck Ms. Nancy!

    Elizabeth Goddard
    Director of Exhibitions
    Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

  4. Charles Hendricks says:

    Sooo great to hear of the coverage! How about the Dia:Beacon as a possible venue?


  5. Cindy (you know who) says:

    Ms. Nancy Judd, You are an inspiration and are deserving of all the praise, recognition, compensation, publicity, support, admiration that you can possibly receive, and then some. Congratulations on living your dream, and having your dream live you. May it continue and may you continue to touch the lives of millions through your artistry, vision, message, passion, and ingenuity. Much love to you.

  6. Joanie Spumon says:

    Nancy – I am so glad I had the time to see the exhibit when I flew through Atlanta. It was brilliant! I told everyone walking by to enjoy it as it was made by a friend of mine in Santa Fe. I wonder where it will end up next????

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