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"Joan-Joan-Joan: One Subject, Many Artists" on Exhibit at John Wayne Airport

A collection of over 190 portraits of one subject by internationally renowned contemporary artists is on exhibit at John Wayne Airport from July 31 through January 15, 2014. The subject for these varied works of art is Joan Agajanian Quinn. Joan, a friend of artists and a patroness of the arts, is a second generation Angeleno. After several years as a master teacher, she was appointed the West Coast Editor of Interview magazine by Andy Warhol, and served as Society Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Quinn was also the longest sitting member appointed to the California Arts Council.

The works in this exhibit are as varied as the artists themselves. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Helmut Newton focus on the expressiveness of hands, or body adornments. Robert Graham provides a small set of bronze casts. Chuck Arnoldi fashions tree twigs and wood. Ed Moses enhances portrait photographs with paint. Also included is one of the newest additions to the Quinn’s collection by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry.

The collection is being exhibited in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery in Terminal A across from Gates 2 through 5, in Terminal C across from Gates 18 through 21 and in the free-standing display cases across from Gate 14. The exhibition is available for viewing by ticketed passengers. A preview of some images can be seen here.


Helmut Newton, gelatin silver print, 1984
Marie Lalanne Elfman, acrylic on canvas, 1999
Paul Jasmin, photograph, spray paint, colored pencil, on board, early 1980s
Rupert Jasen Smith, original Polaroid by Andy Warhol, reproduced and painted by Rupert Smith,1988, 2011, 23.5 x 15.5
Phil Savonick, mixed media construction, 2001
Robert Graham, cast bronze, 1976


24th Annual Student Art Contest

Student Art on exhibit in Terminal Baggage Claim
Student Art on exhibit in Terminal Baggage Claim

On a related note, the 24th annual JWA student art contest is underway. The contest, themed "FLYING SAVES LIVES," is open to all public and private schools in Orange County, including home-schooled students, grades kindergarten through 12. Deadline for submittal of entries are due to the Orange County Department of Education and all participating Libraries by 4:00 p.m. on November 5, 2013. This year's winning entries will be on exhibit at the Thomas F. Riley Terminal from December 10, 2013, to January 15, 2014, and will then be submitted to the State level of the International Aviation Art Contest. For more information, please visit

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