John Wayne Airport Annual Student Art Contest Calls for Artists in Grades K–12

Grand prize winners from the 2016 John Wayne Airport Student Art Content.

John Wayne Airport’s (JWA) 28th annual Student Art Contest, themed “Flying in the Future,” is now underway. The contest theme changes each year and is selected by sponsors of the International Aviation Art Contest. All students in grades kindergarten through 12 attending Orange County public and private schools, including home-schooled students, are encouraged to submit their artwork. Entries should be submitted to the Orange County Department of Education, any Orange County Public Library Branch or participating city libraries, no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Student artwork adorns the walls in the nursing mother’s lounge.

Winning entries will then be exhibited in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal from December through January 2018, on the Arrival (lower) Level, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. Following the exhibition at JWA, winning artwork in each category will be submitted to the State level of the Aviation Student Art Contest. Over the years, JWA has had many winners at the State, National and International levels of competition!

JWA implemented its Annual Student Art Contest in 1990 as part of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. In 1996, the Airport began coordinating its art contest with the International Aviation Art Contest sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, in cooperation with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

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