John Wayne Airport Arts Program

Since opening the Thomas F. Riley Terminal in 1990, John Wayne Airport (JWA) has mounted more than 100 high-quality exhibitions designed to provide visitors with a memorable and cultural travel experience by presenting exhibitions of art, science and popular culture.

JWA's newest exhibition, the Irvine Barclay Theatre's Wit, Style, Power, Grace is now on display in the ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space, located pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminals B and C. In commemoration of the Irvine Barclay Theatre's 25th anniversary, the exhibit, curated by Henry Korn, explores the artistic and cultural diversity of Orange County through the lens of events presented at Irvine Barclay Theatre over its history. The general public, passengers and visitors can view the exhibit at the Airport through November 27, 2015.

Travelers can also explore local art from five Orange County colleges and universities in the HIDDEN TREASURES: ART FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS OF ORANGE COUNTY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES exhibit on display now through August 2015. From the art collections of California State University, Fullerton; Chapman University; Fullerton College; Laguna College of Art + Design and the University of California, Irvine, this exhibit includes historic artworks that may have been previously unavailable to the public. The exhibit featuring local, regional, national and international artists can be seen in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal across from Gates 18 through 21.

The HIDDEN TREASURES exhibition ranges from contemporary art to works with historic significance done in a variety of styles and media including watercolor and oil painting, photography, screen printing, etching and more. 

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