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March 1, 2014

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Student aviation art contest winners to be recognized March 14

Twelve winners were selected from 368 entries statewide

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twelve Minnesota student artists will be recognized for their winning works in the 2014 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest. The awards ceremony will be held at the Minnesota Army National Guard Aviation Facility at the Downtown St. Paul Airport, Friday, March 14, at 9:30 a.m.

“The goal of the aviation art contest is to continually encourage young people to use their artistic talents, while helping them to become more familiar with aviation, engineering, math and the sciences,” said Cassandra Isackson, MnDOT Aeronautics director.

Winning entries in each age category (6-9, 10-13, 14-17) will receive a gift certificate for a 30-minute flight at their local airport and art supplies. The 12 winning art works, selected from a field of 368 entries, will be on public display at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in late March.

The first- through third-place winners in each category automatically advance to the national level of the contest, which will be judged in Washington, D.C. Winners at the national level are then entered into the international competition.

“We are excited to be a partner with the Office of Aeronautics for the third year, and to lend our support and assistance to this excellent program for students,” said Rachel Lenzan, general manager, Dick Blick Art Materials of Roseville, Minn., which co-sponsored the contest locally.

“MnDOT Aeronautics’ goals for the program closely match our goals for outreach in the community. We are pleased to be able to provide support for this program,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Minnesota Army National Guard public affairs officer.

The Minnesota portion of the International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored by MnDOT and Dick Blick Art Materials, with additional support this year by Life Link Air Ambulance Services, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Minnesota Army National Guard Aviation Battalion.