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Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

Are you ready to see the 2014 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest Winners?

Details, rules and entry information:

Deadline for entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 17, 2014 and mailed to:

  • MnDOT Aeronautics | Attn: Art Contest Entry
    222 East Plato Blvd.| St. Paul, | MN 55107-1618

Application of theme

This year’s theme is “Flying Saves Lives”. Artwork is judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world..

First and foremost, powered flight began as an adventure – a sport. In the beginning, flying was a risky business that was not for the faint of heart; injury, or even death, was something that pilots had to consider each and every time they went up. But over the 20th century, as powered flight became more stable, routine, and safe, it also became less and less the sport of daredevils and more and more a way to transport people and goods rapidly over long distances. During this time, powered flight also became something else – it became a means of saving people’s lives.

Today, helicopters fly rural accident victims to far away hospitals; organs are packed in ice and flown, in the nick of time, to save dying patients; pilots use planes and helicopters to fight large fires; and relief agencies transport food and water to starving and thirsty people around the globe. Flight allows us to see like birds and move faster than the wind, and it has given us the ability to help those who could never be helped before. Can you think of other ways that “flying saves lives?” Let us count or perhaps more accurately, illustrate the ways. Good luck!

Please also legibly print the artist’s name on the back of the artwork in case the Certificate becomes detached from the art work.


All children (entrants) must be residents of Minnesota between the ages 6-17 as determined by their age on December 31, 2013. All children in the age groups shown below are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of the FAI or any of its member organizations.

Age Categories

Entries are judged in three classes:

Group I – Junior Category

  • (Date of birth between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2007) or Ages 6-9

Group II – Intermediate Category

  • (Date of birth between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003) or Ages 10-13

Group II – Senior Category

  • (Date of birth between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1999) or Ages 14-17


Entries in each age category will be judged and the top four will be selected. Winners will receive a certificate and recognition ceremony to be annouced. Additional awards include a certificate for a Discovery Flight and a gift certificate for art materials.


The required format is landscape view on 11 x 17 inches. Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders.


All student entrant artwork must be designed, and produced by hand (or, incase of physically challenged children, by foot or mouth).

Any of the following media ARE permitted: watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, "crayola" type crayons, or any similar indelible medium.

The following media are NOT permitted: pencil, charcoal or anything that may smudge or smear, non-permanent medium, computer-generated artwork, or collage work involving the use of photocopies.


The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the art: The Certificate of Authenticity (attached to the entry form above) MUST be completely filled out, (title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of school which child attends)signed, and securely fastened (by tape or glue stick) to the back of the student's artwork.


Rights once received, entries become (and remain) the property of State Sponsor (Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT ) Aeronautics) and may be used for a variety of purposes. The artwork of the top four winners in each age category will be featured in the MnDOT Aviation Art Contest Calendar. Those forwarded for international judging become (and remain) the property of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.


Artwork is judged in part for its appropriate portrayal of that year's theme in relation to the aviation world. Other judging criteria include creativity, presentation, and technical ability. Judging committees are made up of art, education, and aviation professionals.