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Feb. 10, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
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MnDOT announces statewide student aviation art contest winners

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced the winners of the 2012 Minnesota Aviation Art contest for students ages six to 17.

Four winning entries in three age categories (6-9, 10-13, 14-17) were selected from more than 750 entries statewide, and they will be featured in the 2013 Minnesota Aviation Art Calendar. In addition, winners in each age category will receive gift certificates for a 30-minute introductory flight at their local airport and for art supplies.

An award ceremony will be held in the State Capitol rotunda on Friday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m.  to 11 a.m. The first-place through third-place winning artworks in each category level were sent to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national level. Winners there will proceed to the international competition. The International Aviation Art Contest, an event of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, is cosponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials Center for Aviation Research and Education and the National Aeronautics Association

The contest helps students learn about aviation through designing a work of art based upon the year’s selected theme. This year’s theme was “Silent Flight.” The contest is sponsored in Minnesota by MnDOT’s Office of Aeronautics and Dick Blick Art Materials of Roseville, Minn.

The winning artwork will be on display from March 2- 17 at the State Transportation Building, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul. The panel of judges for this year’s contest included professional educators, business people and aviation industry members.

MnDOT promotes general and commercial aviation throughout the state, and provides services including aircraft registration, airport development, aviation system planning, aviation education, maintain and operate aviation navigational systems and government aircraft services. Find out more at








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