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.

This year's student art exhibition will be on display from November 23, 2019 to January 16, 2019 at the Thomas F. Riley Terminal in the John Wayne Airport Arrival (lower) Level behind Baggage
Carousels 1 and 4.

 

Please click here for more information about the Annual Student Art Contest.

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
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT CELEBRATES THE ANAHEIM DUCKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

A new exhibition featuring commemorative artwork, posters, hockey jerseys, and memorabilia celebrating the Anaheim Ducks 25th Anniversary and chronicling the history of the Orange County franchise is on display at John Wayne Airport. Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit through December 2019. 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: September 2019 through December 2019

Anaheim Ducks 25th Anniversary
Anaheim Ducks memorabilia on display
Anaheim Ducks memorabilia on display
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.

Sigrid “Jan” Mecklenburg, Landscape Artist

Mecklenburg’s artwork is 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: November 14 – December 17, 2019

Arched Walkway at Noon
Bell Court Fountain
Jacaranda
Reflection Pond
Solitary Moments
HANG GLIDERS

There are four hang gliders soaring above Baggage Claim Carousels 1 – 4 in Terminals A & B. Installed in 2009 by hang gliding pilot Owen Morse, the exhibit includes four unique hang gliders. A T3, T2 and Sport 3 were part of the original exhibit, and a Wills Wing T3, designed in 2019, was added in October of the same year.