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...)
CALL FOR ARTISTS
John Wayne Airport (JWA) is calling for Orange County-based visual artists to apply for solo-style exhibition
slots in the JWA Community Focus Space (CFS) program with exhibit openings beginning October 2018. View press release
Completed pdf copy of application with images must be received by John Wayne Airport no later than 4 pm, Friday, July 21, 2017 and submitted via email to JWAArts@ocair.com.
Application guidelines and instructions
Application packet - fillable pdf
27TH ANNUAL JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT STUDENT ART CONTEST
The 27th 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 were selected for exhibition and prizes. The contest was open to all Orange County public and private school students, including home-schooled students, in grades kindergarten through 12.
Location: Terminal A on the Arrival (lower) Level behind Baggage Carousel 1 and Terminal B on the Arrival (lower) Level behind Baggage Carousel 4.
Schedule: December 8, 2016 through January 8, 2017
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
THE ART OF POSTERS - THE POSTERS OF ART
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 April 2017.
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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: August 2016 through April 2017
Jackson Pollock, MOCA Los Angeles 1983-84
Piet Mondrian, MOMA New York
Robert Rauschenberg, Albright-Knox Gallery
Roy Lichtenstein, MMK, Frankfurt
ORANGE COUNTY: DESTINATION ART & CULTURE
Thomas F. Riley Terminal - 25th Anniversary
Thomas F. Riley Terminal - 25th Anniversary exhibit recounts, through photos and memorabilia, the evolution of John Wayne Airport from a small rural airfield to the world-class aviation facility it is today.
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Location: Pedestrian walkway connecting Terminals B and C (pre-security)
Schedule: November 2016 through January 2017
The Riley Terminal at 25 years
COMMUNITY FOCUS SPACE PROGRAM
The Community Focus Space Program features exhibitions by Orange County artists and local community organizations.
Richelle Gribble, Artist
A series of mixed media artworks by artist Richelle Gribble are 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: April 17, 2017 through June 15, 2017