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December 12, 2016


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) has announced the winners of its 27th annual Student Art Contest themed "Beyond the Clouds." Kaylie Chao and Jiaxuan Li, 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 December 8 through January 8, 2017, on the Arrival (lower) Level, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4, in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

"A key element of the Airport Arts Program at John Wayne Airport is featuring the work of local artists," said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. "John Wayne Airport's annual Student Art Contest provides a unique opportunity to recognize and display the work of the very talented young artists in our community."

2016 Student Art Contest Grand Prize Winners

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 exhibition space.

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 Deanne Thompson at (949) 252-5182 or via email at


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