By John Wayne Airport


Artist, philanthropist, and retired federal law enforcement official, Elizabeth (Liz) Nguyen-Espinoza, creates thought-provoking art to carry on her mother’s charity work of raising awareness of the social issues affecting children and promoting their overall health through fundraising. Her paintings are on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from January 16 – February 13, 2020.

“Travelers at John Wayne Airport are sure to be inspired by the work of Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza, who creatively uses art along with her philanthropic work to provide care to children in need of medical assistance around the world,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel. “The next time you travel through John Wayne Airport, take a moment to view her artwork of hope and encouragement.”

Nguyen-Espinoza named and established the Rosa Thay Nguyen Children’s Foundation (RTNCF) in honor of her late mother, to inspire others in joining her efforts to provide medical care and intervention to underprivileged children in the U.S. and developing countries. Comprised of artists, medical doctors, and other medical professionals, the Foundation’s members all work together to promote humanitarian causes by donating their time and skills to help children in need.

“The Rosa Thay Nguyen Children’s Foundation is about love and compassion for humanity, especially children who desperately need our help for a chance to live a healthy life,” said Nguyen-Espinoza. “My paintings are a way to express the foundation’s spirit and to fundraise so that we can provide care to children worldwide.”

Drawing inspiration from her mother’s courageous spirit and belief that art touches people in many different ways, Nguyen-Espinoza also founded the ISEE Artist’s Gallery that works hand-in-hand with RTNCF to raise funds for children’s health.

Her series of artworks, including Remember Me, A Butterfly’s Dream, Mindfulness, and the Beauty of Love, are available through RTNCF events, galas, and the ISEE Artist’s Gallery. For more information about the Foundation, visit or for details about her artwork.

Nguyen-Espinoza’s exhibit may be viewed (pre-security) 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.

Upcoming Community Focus Space artists include photographer Breck Rothage (February 14 – March 19) and painter Melissa Murphy (March 20 – April 16). For more information about JWA’s Art Programs, visit


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