Museum's first juried show features Northwest photographers

SEATTLE, Feb. 19, 2009

Themed "The Spirit of Flight," the newest exhibition at The Museum of Flight is about more than aerospace. The juried show--the Museum's first--features 29 photographs by 18 photographers. The international competition was open to all photographers. Most of the finalists are from the Pacific Northwest--the youngest being 12-years-old. The top three entries will be announced at a media preview ceremony in the Museum's T.A. Wilson Great Gallery on Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. Guests at the ceremony include the photographers and Museum officials. A reception for guests and media follows the ceremony. The show opens to the public at 11 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 28, and remains on-view until June 14. "The range of the subject matter is impressive," said Chris Mailander, Director of Exhibits at the Museum. "We decided to keep the theme open-ended, to encourage works beyond the field of aerospace photography. While this exhibit is relatively small in scale, we plan to make this an annual event that will grow in size and stature every year."
  The show's jury consisted of a team of six professionals representing photography, art exhibition and aerospace history. The exhibit features images from the world of soaring, aerobatics and airplane flight. The show's theme continues with images from nature including birds, and even a bat.   ###

The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn®--the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs - the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only aviation and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit