News Releases

December 20, 2012


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport has announced the winners of its 23rd Annual Student Art Contest themed "My Favorite Airsports." Ainsley Chu of Irvine and Nicholas Kang of Cypress received top honors as Grand Prize winners in this year's contest. Their artwork, along with other winners, is on exhibit from December 11, 2012 through January 16, 2013 on the Arrival (lower) Level, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4, of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

Winning art work illustrated the artist's vision of "My Favorite Airsports." 

Ainsley Chu, Category I Winner (Grades K-6) Santiago Hills Elementary, Irvine, 6th Grade Ainsley Chu
Category I Winner (Grades K-6)
Santiago Hills Elementary, Irvine
6th Grade
Nicholas Kang, Category II Winner (Grades 7-12) Oxford Academy, Cypress,  9TH GRADE Nicholas Kang
Category II Winner (Grades 7-12)
Oxford Academy, Cypress
9th Grade


"We're very proud of the entries in this year's Student Art Contest," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. "The student artwork we receive in our annual contest continues to be impressive and we’re pleased and proud to share it with passengers and visitors over the holidays."

JWA implemented its Annual Student Art Contest in 1990 as part of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. In 1996, the Airport began coordinating its art contest with the International Aviation Art Contest sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, in cooperation with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

JWA also maintains an ongoing Airport Arts Program, and has presented a series of museum quality exhibitions in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery and featured numerous Orange County artists through the Community Focus Space Program. Local Orange County attractions are also featured in the ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space for the traveling public.

To learn more about JWA's Annual Student Art Contest and for more information about the Airport Arts program, visit



John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue.  The Airport serves approximately nine million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  More information can be found at or at or on @johnwayneair.