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December 11, 2017


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) has announced the winners of its 28th annual Student Art Contest themed "Flying in the Future." Orange County students, Iris Chuan and Tyler Wu, were recognized as Grand Prize winners in this year's contest. Their artwork, along with that of other winners, is on exhibit December 6, 2017 through January 8, 2018, on the Arrival (lower) Level, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4, in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

"The Student Art Contest is another example of John Wayne Airport’s commitment to extending opportunities to artists of all ages," said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. "Guests will have the chance to view the wonderful talent of our Orange County youth during this exhibition."

The contest recognizes two Grand Prize winners from two categories:

Category I: Grades K-6
Category II: Grades 7-12

Entries that best illustrate this year’s theme were awarded First, Second and Third Place, in addition to one Honorable Mention for each grade level.

Iris Chuan
Category I Winner (Grades K-6)
Ming’s Art Studio
4th Grade
Tyler Wu
Category II Winner (Grades 7-12)
Orange County School of Arts
12th Grade

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 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

To see all of the award winners’ art and learn more about JWA's annual Student Art Contest, visit


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