John Wayne Airport Celebrates Laguna Art Museum

DisplayTurning 100 is quite an accomplishment, and the Laguna Art Museum is sharing their yearlong celebration with guests at John Wayne Airport.

Guests strolling past the Orange County Destination Art and Culture exhibit located in the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminals B and C (pre-security) will have the opportunity to experience a visual history lesson about the Laguna Art Museum.

The “Laguna Art Museum Turns 100 – An Artistic Legacy in Orange County” exhibit is a succinct portrait outlining the Museum’s rich history that began in 1918 and includes reflections of the past 10 decades.  The exhibit will be on display now through December 2018.

Fun facts about the museum illustrated in this exhibit include:

  • Laguna Art Museum grew out of the Laguna Beach Art Association located in a board-and-batten cottage with a successful fundraising drive led by early Laguna Beach painter Anna Hills.
  • In 1929, the Art Association opened the custom-built Laguna Beach Art Gallery, designed by the well-known Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt.
  • The cost to join the Laguna Beach Art Association in the 1940s was $1.00 a year for an Associate Membership, $5.00 a year for a Sustaining Membership or $100 for a Lifetime Membership.
  • In 1972, the name changed to Laguna Beach Museum of Art.
  • In 1986, the current name, Laguna Art Museum, was adopted to coincide with the new building expansion.

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Over the years, the museum has broadened its scope and kept pace with contemporary best practices, and there is truly something for everyone at Laguna Art Museum. With a list of celebrations, special events, exceptional exhibitions and family festivals for the museum’s centennial festivities, go to to learn more.

Whether or not you are able to attend any of the planned activities, make it a point to visit John Wayne Airport to experience this local history exhibit.

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit


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