ARTS PROGRAM


 

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 depicts the contest’s theme is 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.

30th Annual John Wayne Airport Student Art Contest Details Coming Soon

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 15 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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THE VI SMITH CONCOURSE GALLERY
"HOBIE ALTER — Cultural Innovator" EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT


A new exhibition featuring Hobart “Hobie” Alter, a Southern California native known for inventing the “Hobie Cat” catamaran and changing the way people use the water for surfing and sailing is on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA). View press release

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: November 2018 through Spring 2019

Hobie Alter — Cultural Innovator
ORANGE COUNTY: DESTINATION ART & CULTURE
Laguna Art Museum Turns 100

"The Laguna Art Museum Turns 100" exhibit is on display at John Wayne Airport's ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space through June 2019.
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Location: These works can be viewed pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Riley Terminals B and C.

Schedule: July 2018 through June 2019

"Laguna Art Museum Turns 100" exhibit
"Laguna Art Museum Turns 100" exhibit
"Laguna Art Museum Turns 100" exhibit
"Laguna Art Museum Turns 100" exhibit
"Laguna Art Museum Turns 100" exhibit
COMMUNITY FOCUS SPACE

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

Jane Szabo, Photographer

Photography by Jane Szabo will be 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: April 18 - May 16, 2019

Sibling Rivalry #2 (Digital Print, 2017)
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice (Digital Print, 2017)
Adrift (Digital Print, 2017)
Burden (Digital Print, 2017)
Don't Forget (Digital Print, 2017)
Fortitude (Digital Print, 2017)
I Wish It Weren't So (Digital Print, 2017)
Knotted (Digital Print, 2017)
Regret (Digital Print, 2018)
Secrets (Digital Print, 2017)
The Way Things Were (Digital Print, 2017)
Things Come Undone (Digital Print, 2017)
You Are Here (Digital Print, 2017)