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Aviation Art Contest

Art Contest Winner 2013

Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest Finalists

This theme this year was "Flight Into the Future", and you can see the winners here.

2018 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

Rules and entry information

  • 2018 International Aviation Art Contest theme is "Flight Into the Future"
  • The 2018 contest application form is now available in PDF format (PDF, 963 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. 19, 2018, 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

If you have ever dreamed of flying or built a paper airplane, you have walked in the footsteps of the men and women who created the world of aviation as we know it today. Ideas were written on paper. Wooden and cloth models were built to test the designs before the actual balloons, gliders, and planes were built and tested by brave men and women in the air. Today, aircraft designers from all over the world work together, planning and testing their ideas on computers. As the designs take shape, engineers and manufactures built with the latest composites and other materials to make them lighter and more versatile than ever before to meet the needs of today’s flyers.

“The first planes were slow and sluggish. Today, aerobatic planes race across the skies at over 400kph and twist and turn their composite bodies in ways that would have torn apart earlier aircraft. Balloons have gone from floating above cities to floating over the world, requiring space suits in the thin air! Those toy gliders have turned into drones of all shapes and sizes. Real wooden gliders have become lighter and more sophisticated, climbing higher and flying longer than ever before. Each generation brings its passion for flight and blends new technologies and ideas to build on the knowledge of the past.

“What new innovations and ideas will shape the aviation of the future? From hang gliders and parachutists, to drone pilots and citizen astronauts, the only limit to the future of flight is the imagination of builders, dreamers and pilots of today. It’s time to tap into your own imagination, grab your favorite set of crayons, markers, pencils, or paints and create a poster for this year’s Fédération Aéronautique Internationale’s theme, Flight into the Future. Show us your vision of what can happen when people work together and follow their passion for flight

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, 2017. 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, 2008 and December, 31 2011 or Ages 6-9

Group II – Intermediate Category

  • Born between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2007 or Ages 10-13

Group III – Senior Category

  • Born between January 1, 2000 and December, 31 2003 or Ages 14-17

2018 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 963 KB) 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 four winners in each age category will be featured in the MnDOT, Office of Aeronautics - Minnesota 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.