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The Airport Arts Program, overseen by the five-member Airport Arts Commission, presents museum quality exhibitions in the Riley Terminal, provides periodic special programs in conjunction with the exhibitions and sponsors a county-wide Annual Student Art Contest/Exhibition. (View information on the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission...)


A large scale three-dimensional sculpture that is installed above the baggage carousels in Terminal C. The sculpture is composed of 21 aluminum birds with wing spans ranging in size from three feet to 14 feet suspended on an "S" shaped structure 100 feet long. Created from aluminum and polycarbonate Plexiglas, the wings of the birds display enlarged portions of multi-colored aeronautical charts. John Wayne Airport commissioned the artist Beth Nybeck of Kansas City, Missouri to create this art work for the new Terminal C.

Location: Above the baggage carousels in Terminal C

Flight of Ideas

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JOAN, JOAN, JOAN - One Subject, Many Artists

A collection of over 190 portraits of one subject by internationally renowned contemporary artists are now on exhibit at John Wayne Airport. The subject for these varied works of art is Joan Quinn, their friend and patroness of the arts. Featured pieces include works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Gehry, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Shepard Fairey, Helmut Newton and many more.

Location: Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 2 through 5 in Terminal A and across from Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C

Current Schedule: Current Schedule: July 31 through June of 2014

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

Founded in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is Orange County’s oldest and most recognized music organization, presenting the world’s most acclaimed symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, performing organizations and artists. A catalyst for cultural and educational development throughout its region, the Philharmonic Society is a key resident company in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. View press release | www.philharmonicsociety.org

Location: Pedestrian walkway connecting Terminals B and C (pre-security)

Current Schedule: December 20, 2013, through June 2014

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel
Children Concert
Beethoven bust statue by Hagen

The Community Focus Space Program features exhibitions by Orange County artists and local community organizations.

Mike Tauber, Ceramic Painter

The works displayed consist of hand-painted imagery on ceramic tiles, which are then combined into mosaic. The theme of this exhibition is 'Golden State,' in which the artwork depicts scenes of California's lush landscapes. View press release | www.miketauberstudios.com

Location: Terminal A on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening entrance and on the Arrival (lower) Level near Baggage Carousel 1; Terminal B on the Departure (upper) Level, near the security screening entrance and on the Arrival (lower) Level near Baggage Carousel 4; Terminal C on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening entrance.

Current Schedule: April 8 though May 8, 2014

Woods Cove
Divers Cove
Laguna Looking North
Coastal Scenes
Sunset Eucalyptus
Oak Canyon
The Centurian
Cypress at Shore
Golden Foothills