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 countywide Annual Student Art Contest/Exhibition. (View information on the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission...)
ANNUAL JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT STUDENT ART CONTEST
The annual John Wayne Airport Student Art Contest is part of the International Aviation Art Contest. JWA winning entries go on to compete at State, National and International levels of competition. Artwork that best depict this year's contest theme are selected for exhibition and prizes. The contest is open to all Orange County public and private school students, including home-schooled students, in grades kindergarten through 12. The contest runs in the fall of each year.
28th Annual John Wayne Airport Student Art Contest
Theme: Flying in the Future
Entry Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, November 9, 2017
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FLIGHT OF IDEAS
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
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THE VI SMITH CONCOURSE GALLERY
VINTAGE FINE ART POSTERS ON DISPLAY AT
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT
A collection of vintage fine art posters titled The Art of Posters - The Posters of Art is on display now at John Wayne Airport (JWA) in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery through October 2017.
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.
Exhibition Dates: September 2017 through October 2017
Jackson Pollock, MOCA Los Angeles 1983-84
Piet Mondrian, MOMA New York
Robert Rauschenberg, Albright - Knox Gallery
Roy Lichenstein, MMK, Frankfurt
Roy Lichenstein, Museum Ludwig Koln
ORANGE COUNTY: DESTINATION ART & CULTURE
Fred L. Emmert and Richard N. Frost, Authors
The Aerial Photography History of Newport Center/Fashion Island exhibit is on display at John Wayne Airport's ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space through June 2018.
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Location: These works can be viewed pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Riley Terminals B and C.
Schedule: November 2017 through June 2018
Third National Boy Scout Jamboree
Newport Center | Fashion Island. June 14, 1968 North
Newport Center | Fashion Island. Dec 21, 1985 & June 21, 1988
Newport Center | Fashion Island. April 23, 2004
Newport Center | Fashion Island. August 29, 2015 7:35 p.m.
COMMUNITY FOCUS SPACE PROGRAM
The Community Focus Space Program features exhibitions by Orange County artists and local community organizations.
Iriet Peshkess, Artist
A series of paintings by artist Iriet Peshkess are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program.
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Location: These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.
Schedule: October 18, 2017 through November 16, 2017