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December 14, 2015


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) has announced the winners of its 26th annual Student Art Contest themed "Airsports in Harmony with Nature." Bentie Feng and Ye Won Koo, both from Irvine, were recognized as Grand Prize winners in this year's contest. Their artwork, along with that of other winners, is on exhibit now through January 8, 2016, on the Arrival (lower) Level, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4, in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

"Each of the participants displayed a wealth of talent in their artwork. Congratulations to the winners and to all those who shared their art," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer. "John Wayne Airport's annual Student Art Contest continues to be a great vehicle to promote the arts among our youth."

2015 Student Art Contest Grand Prize Winners

"We're very proud of the wonderful entries received this year," said Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel. "As you travel through John Wayne Airport during the holidays, I encourage you to visit the exhibit and admire the artwork of these talented young artists." 

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.

The Airport also maintains an ongoing Airport Arts Program that 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 exhibit.

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 Rachel Gibson at (949) 252-5182 or via email at


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