About Us

 

Sr. Manager, Arts & Community Partnerships

Christopher Chalupsky

Vision, Voice & Engagement


Chris Chalupsky oversees the Arts Program at San Diego International Airport with a focus on developing programming and partnerships with artists and arts organizations in the San Diego community. With over fifteen years of experience in cultural arts and entertainment programming, including record label roles in the music industry of Los Angeles, Chalupsky joined the Arts Program at SAN in 2016 from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. At DCASE he curated and produced many of the city’s largest and most well-known performing arts programs, concert series, and summer festivals, while being a central civic liaison for the artistic community of the city. At SAN Chalupsky’s main mission is to help enrich the experience, and thus the lives, of airport patrons through collaborative arts programming of the highest caliber. He is a Minnesota native and an art creator himself, being a songwriter and a musician.

Arts Program Manager

Lauren Lockhart

Vision, Voice & Engagement


Lauren Lockhart leads the airport’s efforts to realize ambitious public artworks which are seamlessly integrated into the airport environment. She is also responsible for organizing timely, thematic exhibitions in the terminals that engage community partners from throughout the region. Through her work on public art, temporary exhibitions, and performing arts programming, Lockhart continually aspires to communicate meaningful stories of San Diego’s history, culture and people to the traveling public. Lockhart is an arts administrator and curator with nearly fifteen years of experience collaborating closely with artists. Before joining the Airport Authority, Lockhart was an independent curator and held positions at the New Children’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and National Gallery of Art. She is co-chair of the Public Art Coalition of Southern California, and serves on the Public Art Committee for the Port of San Diego.

Arts Program Coordinator

Vision, Voice & Engagement


Arts Program Coordinator

Karla Cook

Vision, Voice & Engagement


Karla Cook supports the Public Art, Temporary Exhibitions, and Performing Arts Programs at SAN. She is responsible for the care and conservation of the airport's 45 piece public art collection. She works closely with a team of conservators to ensure the collection is in excellent condition for the traveling public. Cook brings over ten years of experience working as an arts administrator to the airport. Prior to joining the team at SAN, Cook held positions at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, New York Public Library, Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.