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Aviation Art Contest

Art Contest Winner 2013

2020 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

Rules and entry information

  • 2020 International Aviation Art Contest theme is "Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow"
  • The 2020 contest application form is now available in PDF format (PDF, 4.5 MB)
  • 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. 17, 2020, 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

The dream to fly is thousands of years old. Ancient stories from around the world tell us of those who wanted to take flight. Their stories of
successes and failures started to become reality in the late 1800s, when men and women used the growing technological know-how to build the craft that, up until then, had only been possible in our dreams.

Early balloonists excited the world with flights covering 25 miles in under 3 hours. Gliders have increased distances and heights as well. While the
first glider pilots jumped their gliders from hills and mountains, today’s gliders are towed high into the air and can travel for hundreds of kilometers or more. The first airplanes were made of cloth and wood, and those early crafts were powered by engines that produced around 12
horsepower. While the physics of flight remains the same, the technology is always advancing.

Each generation has learned from those that have come before, adding to what is possible while holding true to the love of flight that is in the
heart of all aviators. The dreams of flight have become the reality of today’s sports aviation. The hang gliders, balloonists, racers, and aerobatic pilots fly above us and show what is possible today. What does the future hold? Where will the young aviation dreamers of today lead us?
It is time to get out your favorite artist supplies and give free rein to your imagination to create your work that combines the flights of the past
with the dreams of the future in this year’s “Flying yesterday and tomorrow” art contest.

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, 2010 and December, 31 2013
    or Ages 6-9

Group II – Intermediate Category

  • Born between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009
    or Ages 10-13

Group III – Senior Category

  • Born between January 1, 2002 and December, 31 2005
    or Ages 14-17

2020 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, 4,5 MB) 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.