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December 17, 2013


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport has announced the winners of its 24th Annual Student Art Contest themed "Flying Saves Lives."  Anna Tomov and Kaylie Wang, both from Irvine, received top honors as Grand Prize winners in this year's contest.  Their artwork, along with other winners, is on exhibit from December 16, 2013 through January 15, 2014, on the Arrivals (lower) Level, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4, of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

Anna Tomov
Category I Winner (Grades K-6)
Ming's Art Studio
5th Grade
Kaylie Wang, Category II Winner (Grades 7-12) Irvine High School, Irvine,  9TH GRADE Kaylie Wang
Category II Winner (Grades 7-12)
Irvine High School
9th Grade

"We're very proud of the entries in this year's Student Art Contest," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy.  "The artwork we receive in our annual contest continues to be impressive and we're pleased 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 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

JWA also maintains an ongoing Airport Arts Program, 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 art and cultural venues are also featured in the Orange County: Destination Art & Culture exhibition.

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

EDITORS:  More photos of student art can be obtained by contacting Jenny Wedge at (949) 252-5182 or via email at


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.