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JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT NAMES ITS ANNUAL STUDENT ART CONTEST WINNERS

Jason WheelerPublished: January, 2013

Winner of Category II Nicholas Kang
Ainsley Chu and Nicholas Kang take home top honors

The winners of the 23rd annual John Wayne Airport Student Art Contest have been revealed. Two grand-prize winners were selected from more than 1,000 entries submitted by local public and private students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The theme was “My Favorite Airsports.” It was sixth grader Ainsley Chu from Santiago Hills Elementary in Irvine and ninth grader Nicholas Kang from Oxford Academy in Cypress that received top honors. Their work, along with other winning entries, will be on exhibit on the Arrival level of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal through Jan. 16.

“We’re very proud of the entries in this year’s Student Art Contest,” said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. “The student artwork we receive in our annual contest continues to be impressive and we’re please and proud to share it with passengers and visitors …”

The Annual Student Art Contest began in 1990 when the Thomas F. Riley opened at John Wayne Airport. Since 1996 the airport has coordinated its contest with the International Aviation Art Contest, which is sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration.


The airport has an ongoing Airport Arts Program that organizes a series exhibitions in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery. Several Orange County artists have been featured.

The winners of the contest will be submitted to the state level of the International Aviation Art Contest.

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