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Aviation Art Contest

Art Contest Winner 2013

Congratulations to the 2017 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest Finalists

This theme this year was "Beyond the Clouds", and you can see the winners here.
Also, congratulations to Sky Waters who won 1st Place National and 1st Place State!

2017 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

Rules and entry information

  • 2017 International Aviation Art Contest theme is "Beyond the Clouds"
  • The 2017 contest application form is now available in PDF format (PDF, 460 KB)
  • For more information, contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Office of Aeronautics at 1-800-657-3922 or email Shalette Cauley-Wandrick at shalette.cauley-wandrick@state.mn.us.


Deadline for entries must be postmarked or delivered no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, NO EXCEPTIONS, and must be mailed or delivered to:

  • Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Office of Aeronautics | Attn: Art Contest Entry
    222 East Plato Blvd. | Saint. Paul, MN 55107-1618

Application of theme

We live beneath the clouds. We look up and see them stand stationary or speed across the sky. We see them reflect the bright colors of the sunrise or sunset. They turn dark and purple, letting us know a storm is coming. We see almost every aspect of clouds, except what they look like from above.

Above the clouds is a space known only to those who dare to break the bounds of earth. Some soar in hot air balloons, gliders and hang gliders, floating across the sky with the clouds. Others fly in planes, as pilots or passengers, watching the clouds and earth race by below. Specially trained pilots in rugged aircraft fly into storm clouds, taking measurements that help those on the ground predict where the storm will go. Those in helicopters can stand still, like clouds on a still day, or can fly across the sky high and low. Aerobatic pilots love clear skies, so those below can watch their amazing feats of flight. Intrepid aviators on the ground send up weather balloons almost to space, both for science and for the amazing pictures that can be taken only when you get above the clouds.

The world of aviation is always changing as each new generation of pilots and designers bring their vision of flight to the world. Now it’s your time to grab your favorite art supplies and turn your imagination loose. Create a work of art that celebrates the adventures and excitement only available in that special place beyond the clouds.

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, 2016. 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

  • Born between January 1, 2007 and December, 31 2010 or Ages 6-9

Group II – Intermediate Category

  • Born between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2006 or Ages 10-13

Group III – Senior Category

  • Born between January 1, 1999 and December, 31 2002 or Ages 14-17

2017 art contest Excel file now available

New Minnesota Art Contest Class form is required this year. The form needs to be filled out and submitted by the teacher or anyone participating in the art contest. All class entrants must be entered on the Minnesota Aviation Art Contest excel file (XLS, 41KB) provided on this web site. Please email completed art contest form to Shalette Cauley-Wandrick at shalette.cauley-wandrick@state.mn.us


Entries in each age category will be judged and the top four will be selected. Winners will receive a certificate and be honored at a recognition ceremony (date and location to be announced). Additional awards include a certificate for a Discovery Flight.


The required format is landscape view on 11 x 17 inch paper. Artwork must not be framed or outlined with borders.


All student entrant artwork must be designed, and produced by hand (or, in case 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.

Not permitted

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 PDF 46 KB) 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 the state sponsor Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of 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, Office of Aeronautics - Minnesota 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.