Art Contest

2022 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced


OKLAHOMA CITY (February 24, 2022) – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission announced the names of students that placed in the 2022 Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Art Contest.

The state-level Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Aeronautics Commission, encourages youth, ages 6 to 17, to reflect on aviation by designing a piece of art based on the year’s chosen theme. This year’s contest theme was “Design Your Perfect Aircraft.”

“This contest is a conduit for students to explore aviation,” State Director of Aeronautics Grayson Ardies said. “If we can reach them at the earliest of ages, we can guide them into STEM-based education and aviation and aerospace careers.”

In the Junior Division, ages 6 to 9, Grace Huang, from Truman Elementary School in Norman, took home first prize. This year’s second-place winner in the Junior Division was Elvin Liu Zhu from Frontier Elementary School in Edmond. The third-place winner was Matthew Henderson and Honorable Mention went to Alannah Kavlaity, both from Cyril Elementary School. 

Olivia Zhao from Plainview Middle School in Ardmore took top honors in the Intermediate Division, ages 10-13. Taking second was Ava Haick from Yukon Middle School, and third was Chan U. Ieng from Duncan Middle School. Receiving an Honorable Mention in the division was Daphne Greenley, also from Yukon Middle School.

Deer Creek School’s, Marian Winchell, from Edmond finished atop the Senior Division, ages 14-17, followed by Alexis Reichert, a student at Atoka High School. Lilana De Loera took third, while Jose Lopez received an honorable mention in the division. Both students are from Astec Charter High School in Oklahoma City.

First-place winners in each of the three age categories receive $200, while the second-place winners receive $150. A cash prize of $100 is presented to students who place third, and honorable mention will receive $50. The top three entries in each age division were forwarded to Washington, D.C., where they will compete nationally against other winners from the U.S. for the right to advance to the international competition.

Judges for this year’s art contest included State Representative Nicole Miller, House District 82; Colonel Keven P. Coyle, Commander, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base; Lance Lamkin, A.A.E., Airport Administrator at University of Oklahoma; and, Monica Riggs, Engineering Manager for United Dynamics, Inc. 

The 2022 International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored, in large part, by the National Aeronautic Association, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Ken Cook Co.

(CUTLINE: Pictured left to right are Lance Lamkin, Airport Administrator for Max Westheimer Airport, COL. Keven Coyle, Commander for the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker AFB, Monica Riggs, Engineering Manager with United Dynamics, and State Representative Nicole Miller, House District 82.)

“As a military service member stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, I was impressed to see that nearly 60 Oklahoma schools across the state participated in submitting entries for this art contest. Artistically driven STEM-based programs are a forward-thinking way to embolden young minds to consider the principles of flight. I was proud to be called on by the Aeronautics Commission, and I congratulate the students and teachers on their creative efforts to explore the future of aviation. Outstanding job!!”

COL. Keven Coyle, USAF
Commander for the 552nd Air Control Wing
Tinker Air Force Base

“It was a pleasure serving as a judge for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission International Aviation Art Contest. This program serves as a gateway to introduce Oklahoma children to this valuable industry so they can learn more about the field and begin picturing themselves within aviation and aerospace.”

Oklahoma State Representative Nicole Miller
House District 82


“The love for aviation can start with a spark at any age. It was an absolute pleasure to view these wonderful aviation art submissions with my fellow judges. The extensive amount of artwork shows me that the passion for aviation is alive and well in the next generation.” 

Lance Lamkin, A.A.E.
Airport Administrator
Max Westheimer Airport
Department of Campus Safety

“It was a privilege to spend the day with such outstanding professionals in the Oklahoma Aerospace Community. I felt an overwhelming sense of joy in seeing young students create their own perfect aircraft in such detailed design. It’s exciting to see firsthand that our Oklahoma students are interested in STEAM and aviation.”

Monica Riggs
Engineering Manager
United Dynamics, Inc.




The 2022 theme is “Design Your Perfect Aircraft”.  

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 2012 and 31 December 2015
Group II, Intermediate Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011
Group III, Senior Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2007

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 18, 2022.

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The deadline for 2022 has passed to submit entries to:
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Attention: Aviation Art Contest
110 N Robinson, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102