ART EXHIBITS | John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), Located in Southern California - official website


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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In commemoration of the Orange County Fair’s 125th anniversary, travelers can explore 125-years of Fair history and memorable moments in the Fair Play exhibition.
View press release | Orange County Fair website

Location: Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 2 through 5 in Terminal A, Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C and in the free standing cases near Gate 14.

Schedule: July 15, 2015 through December 2, 2015

Fair Play reception
Olivia Orange and Tadpole interacting with passengers at the reception
Katie carrying a chick
Polynesian entertainment during the reception
Guests admiring the chicks and rabbit
Fair Play exhibit in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery in Riley Terminal C
A passenger viewing the Fair Play exhibit in Riley Terminal C
From Airbase to Fairbase
Fair Rides
Petting Zoos & Farm Animals
Irvine Barclay Theatre: Wit, Style, Power, Grace

In commemoration of the Irvine Barclay Theatre's 25th anniversary, visitors and residents can explore the Wit, Style, Power, Grace exhibition.
View press release | Irvine Barclay Theatre website

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

Schedule: March 15, 2015 through November 27, 2015

Arlo Guthrie
David Sedaris Objects
Flamenco Shawl, Flamenco Fan & Shoes
Hawaiian Ceremonial Drum
Hubbard Street Dancers
OWL Katsina Doll
Preservation Hall Jazz
Irvine Barclay Theatre Exhibition
Irvine Barclay Theatre Exhibition

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

Tom King, Painter

A diverse collection of landscape paintings by Tom King is on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program.
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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.

Schedule: July 15, 2015 through August 17, 2015

Barnyard Fresh
Covered Bridge
Dana Point Shipyard
Days Gone By
Laguna Winter
Lighthouse Mural