Arts Program


The  John Wayne Airport Arts Program, overseen by the five member Airport Arts Commission, presents museum-quality exhibitions in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal, provides periodic special programs in conjunction with the exhibitions and sponsors a countywide Annual Student Art Contest/Exhibition.


Located on the secure side of the Riley Terminal in Terminal A, across from Gates 2 through 5, and in Terminal C, across from Gates 18 through 21, the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery exhibits world-class art for business and leisure travelers. Exhibitions have included traditional paintings from the plein air school, contemporary art and sculpture, fine art photography, sports history memorabilia, historic imagery of military aircraft, authentic Navajo weavings, antique automobiles, antique radios, surfing history in Orange County and contemporary ceramics. View information about current exhibit...


Launched in November 2011, the ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition is presented in wall-mounted cases along the pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal B and the new Terminal C. Located prior to security screening, this exhibition space is a perfect place to highlight amazing art and cultural venues based in Orange County. These cases are visible to anyone traveling through JWA – ticketed passengers and visitors alike. The Bowers Museum, one of Orange County’s oldest and largest museums, was the first exhibitor showcasing its landmark exhibition, Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy. Subsequent exhibitors include the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Laguna Beach Visitors and Convention Bureau. View information about current exhibit...


The Community Focus Space Program, located on the non-secure side of the Riley Terminal next to baggage carousels in Terminal A and Terminal B, features art by Orange County artists, local community organizations, and artists with Orange County ties in solo-style exhibitions. This year-round community art space changes approximately every four to six weeks. There are also two free-standing cases at each entry to the security screening check point areas in Terminals A, B and C. View information about current exhibit...


As part of the Airport Improvement Program, a large scale three-dimensional sculpture, “Flight of Ideas,” was installed above the baggage carousels in Terminal C. The sculpture by Beth Nybeck and Dick Jobe is composed of 21 aluminum and Plexiglas birds with wing spans ranging in size from three feet to 14 feet suspended on an “S” shaped structure. The wings of the birds display enlarged portions of multi-color aeronautical charts printed directly on the Plexiglas wing panels. View photo of exhibit...


Each year, John Wayne Airport holds a countywide aviation themed student art contest. The contest is open to all public and private schools in Orange County, including home-schooled students, grades kindergarten through 12. The winning entries are then sent on to State, National and International levels of competition. Winning entries are displayed on the Arrival (lower) Level in baggage claim adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. Over the years, JWA has had many winners at the State, National and International levels of competition. View information about current contest...


View Current Art Exhibits info and photos


Noise Complaints:

John Wayne Airport
Access and Noise Office
(949) 252-5185

Fullerton Municipal Airport
Noise Complaints
(714) 738-6323

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Noise Abatement Hotline
(562) 795-2573


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