Hot Glass/OC Art Exhibit Debuts at John Wayne Airport

(SANTA ANA, CA) – An exhibition featuring the creative talents of professional Orange County artists specializing in the use of hot glass makes a luminous debut at John Wayne Airport in a new exhibit titled 'Hot Glass/OC' through October 2021. Guests who visit the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery in the Terminal can view multiple examples of colorful and innovative glass-related artwork.

As guest curator for the exhibit, Antoinette Sullivan's career spans more than 30 years, curating art for prominent Orange County restaurants including Bistango and Bayside and assisting artists in promoting and exhibiting their art in alternative spaces. Understanding the challenge that artists encounter in finding opportunities to showcase their work, Sullivan assembles 17 professional artists in this unique exhibit featuring molten glass artwork.

"Hot Glass is not a common medium of expression, and it requires remarkable creativity, patience, innovation, and passion," said Sullivan. "It is an honor to bring together a group of amazing artists and provide an opportunity for passengers to view vibrant artwork filled with color, shape, and imagination as they travel through the Terminal."

Artists featured in the Hot Glass/OC exhibit include:

Lawrence R. Armstrong

Gina Lunn

Mia Tavonatti

Jill Cooper

Jason and Nicole McQuaid

Hiromi Takizawa

Leslie Davis

Jon Oakes

David VanNoppen

Craig French

Siân Poeschl

Elijah Wooldridge

Gavin Heath

Maggie Spencer


Kent Kahlen

Siemon & Salazar



Hot glass art uses high temperatures that can reach up to 2,000° Fahrenheit. The viscous glass can be blown, sculpted, or cast molded to create sculptures, ornamental pieces, and more

The exhibition is located on the Departure Level (post-security) across from Gates 2 through 5 in Terminal A, Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C, and the free-standing display cases across from Gate 14.

For more information about John Wayne Airport's Art Programs, visit