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2015 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

Details, rules and entry information:

Deadline for entries must be postmarked and received no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, January 23, 2015, NO EXCEPTIONS, and must be mailed to or delivered to:

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

Application of theme

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

Grab your favorite art supplies and create a poster that captures the excitement of the FAI World Air Games Dubai! Top air sport athletes from around the globe will travel to Dubai, UAE, to compete in the largest air sports event in the world, the FAI World Air Games. Over a period of 12 days, spectators will enjoy special locations while watching world class competitions and air shows fill the sky in a dazzling display of manoeuvres that can only take place above the ground.

Airplanes and gliders amaze the crowd with spins, loops, and dives. Powered planes show their skills in an air navigation race. People look up to see colorful hot air balloons and airships dotting the sky. Hang gliders compete for aerobatic ability, while paragliders show off their aerobatic and landing accuracy abilities. Parachutists work together in incredible formations and last, but not least, microlights and paramotors compete in slalom races as helicopter pilots show off their craft in slalom and accuracy competitions. All of this and much, much more. 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, 2014. 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 2005 and 31 December 2008) or Ages 6-9

Group II – Intermediate Category

  • (Date of birth between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2004) or Ages 10-13

Group II – Senior Category

  • (Date of birth between 1 January 1997 and 31 December 2000) 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.


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.