Art Contest

Oklahoma Youth Invited to Enter State’s 2020 Aerospace and Aviation Art Contest

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is inviting Oklahoma youth from ages six to 17 to participate in the state’s 2020 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, “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow.” 

The dream to fly is thousands of years old. Ancient stories from around the world tell us of those who wanted to take flight. Their stories of successes and failures started to become reality in the late 1800s, when men and women used the growing technological know-how to build the craft that, up until then, had only been possible in our dreams. Early balloonists excited the world with flights covering 25 miles in under 3 hours. Gliders have increased distances and heights as well.

While the first glider pilots jumped their gliders from hills and mountains, today’s gliders are towed high into the air and can travel for hundreds of kilometers or more. The first airplanes were made of cloth and wood, and those early crafts were powered by engines that produced around 12 horsepower. While the physics of flight remains the same, the technology is always advancing. Each generation has learned from those that have come before, adding to what is possible while holding true to the love of flight that is in the heart of all aviators. The dreams of flight have become the reality of today’s sports aviation. The hang gliders, balloonists, racers, and aerobatic pilots fly above us and show what is possible today.

What does the future hold? Where will the young aviation dreamers of today lead us? It is time to get out your favorite artist supplies and give free rein to your imagination to create your work that combines the flights of the past with the dreams of the future in this year’s “Flying yesterday and tomorrow” art contest.

“We are once again honored to coordinate the International Aviation Art Contest for our state,” said Victor Bird, the state’s director of Aeronautics. “Aerospace is extremely important to Oklahoma as it is one of our top industries and provides thousands of jobs statewide. I am hopeful that this art contest will be a springboard to careers in aerospace and aviation for many of these boys and girls.”

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 2020. 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. 17, 2020.

“We are particularly excited about this year’s contest as we were able to produce 12,000 copies of the aviation art contest 2020 calendar and have mailed them to schools across the state.  Our hope is that teacher’s will use the calendars as motivation for students to get creative and interested in aviation,” said Sandra Shelton, director of Communications and Government Affairs.  

Brochures containing contest information, rules, and entry forms are available on the Aeronautics Commission’s website at  The 2020 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

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and NASAO Art Contest Brochure


The 2020 theme is “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow”. Artwork judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation and aerospace world.

Group I Date of birth between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2013
Group II Date of birth between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2009
Group III Date of birth between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2005

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 17, 2020.

Art Contest



Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Attention: Aviation Art Contest
110 N Robinson, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102