Art Contest

2021 State Aviation Art Contest Theme: A Friendlier World with Air Sports

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is inviting Oklahoma youth from ages six to 17 to participate in the state’s 2021 International Aviation Art Contest. The art contest encourages students to reflect on aviation by having them design their artwork based on aircraft highlighting this year’s chosen theme, “A Friendlier World with Air Sports.” 

When we think of aviation, our first thoughts go to the sky. We imagine what it would be like soaring through the air in a glider, floating across the sky in a hot air balloon, or maybe even twisting and looping through clouds in an aerobatic plane. While being in the sky is glamorous, it is only part of the adventure. Every journey begins on the ground with a team of people working together to make something happen.

Working together, a group of aviation enthusiasts can accomplish what one person alone never could. The friendships created in this process are one of the things that keeps people coming back to air sports again and again. The friends that meet to hang glide share laughs on cliff sides around the world. Hot air balloonists enjoy meals with the crew of the chase vehicle after a flight across the countryside. Air shows, of course, offer it all.

Everyone is invited to share in the joy that sport aviation produces. Pilots love talking about their planes, ground crews share the work required to keep everything safe and in top shape. The chance to take a ride is irresistible to some, while others enjoy eating tasty food and watching the show overhead. A single parachutist in the sky can hold the attention of hundreds of people below. When the day’s adventure is over, both participants and spectators leave with new friends, as well as stories to share among themselves and others.

Air sports brings people together and creates friendships that connect people from all over the world and of all ages. Now it’s your turn to grab your favorite art supplies and create an artwork that captures the friendlier world that comes from people meeting and sharing their love of sport aviation.

Artwork will be judged in each of the three age classes based on originality, design, and an aviation and aerospace 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 2021. 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, 2021. 

Brochures containing contest information, rules, and entry forms are available on the Aeronautics Commission’s website at  The 2021 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.

NASAO Art Contest Brochure

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission 2021 Art Contest Entry Form - Each Student Must Complete


The 2021 theme is “A Friendlier World with Air Sports”. Artwork judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation and aerospace world.

ENTRY FORM (Each student must complete one and tape it to the back of their entry.)

All artwork must be original in nature, as designed and illustrated by the student, with no outside help.

Group I, Junior Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2014
Group II, Intermediate Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2010
Group III, Senior Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006

All children in the age groups shown above 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.  Youths ages 6 -17 are eligible to participate.   


FORMAT: The required format is A3 11" X 17" (Ledger/Tabloid). Landscape (horizontal) oriented images are preferred for calendar reproduction purposes. Artwork must NOT be framed or outilined with borders. All artwork must be done by hand (or, in the 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 or any similar indelible medium. The following media are NOT permitted: pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent medium; computer-generated artwork; collage work involving the use of photocopies.  

  1. Must be student’s ORIGINAL slogan and artwork. No signatures on posters.

  2. No syndicated, copyrighted, clipart images or inappropriate content allowed!

  3. ATTACH COMPLETED ENTRY FORM (Certificate of Authenticity) on back upper right corner of poster. The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork: title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, name and address of school which the child attends, and certificate of authenticity (see reverse). There is no need for a title on the poster and entrants can decide for themselves whether or not to include one. However, there should be a clearly recognizable link to the theme of the contest.

  4. Reproducibility factors into the judging, so use good lettering, high contrast, and bright colors.

  5. Please follow poster contest rules or face disqualification of poster entry. Once received, entries become (and remain) the property of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and may be used for a variety of purposes.

CONTEST DEADLINE: The poster entries deadline is January 19, 2021.

Art Contest



Submit entries to the art contest until January 19, 2021 (must be postmarked by this date) to:
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Attention: Aviation Art Contest
110 N Robinson, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102