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Aviation Art Contest

Art Contest Winner 2013

Congratulations to the 2019 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest Finalists

This year theme is "My Dream to Fly", and you can see the 2019 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest winners here.

2019 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

Rules and entry information

  • 2019 International Aviation Art Contest theme is "My Dream to Fly"
  • The 2019 contest application form is now available in PDF format (PDF, 730 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. 18, 2019, 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

Have you ever sat in class, looked out the window, and wondered what it would be like to fly? If so, you are not alone! Teachers might not always like it, but something about looking at the sky calls us to daydream about what is possible. Orange embers floating above a campfire do the same, and who has not been a little envious seeing a hawk soar across the sky? Inside all of us, a dream to fly is just waiting for the chance to come to life.
Nature has many ways to encourage us to dream. Whether it is the hot embers of the campfire floating up or tree leaves floating down, each dares us to dream of riding the currents of air across the sky. In response, we dream of creating hot air balloons of all shapes and colors. Their burners blast heat into the envelope of the balloon, heating the air and lifting us into the sky. For those who want to join the hawks of the air, dreams of flight will lead to new gliders of all types. Advanced and novel gliders, paragliders, and hang gliders will allow us to soar through the air with ease and grace.
Back on the ground, those of us who want to tame the wind instead of surfing along it dream of creating new planes and helicopters that will allow us to challenge the wind and fly wherever we want. Visions of new aerobatic planes races through our minds as they will one day race through the sky. Or maybe you dream of joining your friends in a specially designed helicopter that allows you to sight see your neighborhood, city, or countryside. For others, the race to the border of space will lead to dreams of jet powered planes going faster and higher than ever before.
Each achievement in flight has started with a dream. Along the way, the next generation of aviation enthusiast have built their dreams on the works of those who came before. Now, it’s your turn. Where ever your imagination takes you when you look to the clouds, it’s time to pick up your favorite art supplies and share your dream to fly!

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, 2018. 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, 2009 and December, 31 2012 or Ages 6-9

Group II – Intermediate Category

  • Born between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008 or Ages 10-13

Group III – Senior Category

  • Born between January 1, 2001 and December, 31 2004 or Ages 14-17

2019 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 (730KB) 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 three winners in each age category will be featured on the MnDOT, Office of Aeronautics - Minnesota Aviation Art Contest Postcard. 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.