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September 14, 2018


Bruce Barton’s exhibit at John Wayne Airport’s Community Focus Space from September 13 – October 15, 2018, will elicit second looks, occasional giggles and perhaps pauses of reflection from guests that have the opportunity to interpret Barton’s artistic commentary of nature/culture dialectics.

by Bruce Barton

“As you travel through John Wayne Airport, I hope that you have the opportunity to view Mr. Barton’s fascinating perspective through these visual sonnets,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do.

Barton defines his art as “nature/culture dialectics that validate the existential realities of our lives.” Simply put, Barton’s work illustrates the opposing ideas of nature and culture that validate the realities of human existence. The idea is ingenious, thought-provoking and wonderfully amusing.

A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, with advanced degrees from San Diego State and Pacific Western Universities, and independent studies in Paris, St-Paul de Venice, France and Florence, Italy, Mr. Barton has functioned in Corporate Communication as well as Fine Arts. Among his past employers/clients at Northrop Grumman Corporation, for whom he served as Creative Director for the B-2 Stealth Bomber project, and managed the design graphics functions, directing the production of internal and external communication initiatives for the flights of the Rockwell International/NASA Space Shuttles.

His personal publications include The Tree at the Center of the World, about the traditions at work in the Franciscan Missions of California, and The Mission Event, a 90-minute PBS presentation of the roots of cultural pluralism among the indigenous people of the Northern Plains. He has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Mr. Barton’s digital drawing exhibit may 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. To learn more about Barton’s work, visit his website at  

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include photographer Scott Amling (October 15 – November 14) and water color artist Nancy Caldwell (November 14 – December 13).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit


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