Oklahoma Youth Invited to Enter State’s 2018 Aviation Art Contest

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is inviting Oklahoma youth from ages six to 17 to participate in the state’s 2018 International Aviation Art Contest. The art contest encourages students to reflect on aviation by having them design their artwork based upon this year’s chosen theme, “Flight Into the Future.”

An excerpt from this year’s NASAO art contest brochure reads “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.”

“We know something new this year that we did not know during last year’s art competition.  Thanks to an economic impact study concluded this past summer, we know that Aviation and Aerospace is now the #2 economic engine in the state.  This indicates to our educators that a workforce interested in engineering, science, and math will be key to our state maintaining critical aerospace advances.  This art contest just might spark the interest of a young person to seek out an aviation-minded career,” said Victor Bird, the state’s director of Aeronautics.

Artwork will be judged in each of the three age classes based on originality, design, and usage of theme. First, second, and third place winners from each age group will be chosen. Winners receive a certificate and a cash prize, which will be awarded at the recognition ceremony held in March of 2018. Each piece of winning artwork will also be judged at the national and international level.  All artwork must be mailed to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission at 110 N. Robinson, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73102, and be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

“We are particularly excited about this year’s contest as we were able to publish our second annual aviation art contest calendar and will mail them to schools across the state.  Our hope is that teachers will use the calendars as motivation for students to get creative and interested in aviation,” said Sandra Shelton, Communications and Government Affairs liaison to the agency.  

Brochures containing contest information, rules, and entry forms are available on the Aeronautics Commission’s website at oac.ok.gov/art-contest.  The 2018 International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, Ken Cook Co., the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education with additional support from NASAO members.

Complimentary copies of calendars may be requested by emailing sshelton@oac.ok.gov.