Art Contest

2020 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission announced the names of twelve students that placed in the Oklahoma 2020 International Aviation & Aerospace Art Contest.

Based upon currently available information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the CDC, and with the best interest of our students, their families, and their educators in mind, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Aviation Art Contest Ceremony at the State Capitol scheduled for April. Recognizing the importance of this event and the spotlight it places upon the Aviation and Aerospace Industry, our State’s second largest industry, STEM learning, and the importance of the arts, we will, consistent with the most up to date guidance and information, work on expediting certificates and monetary awards to the home address of the winners.

The state-level contest, sponsored by the Aeronautics Commission, encourages youth, ages 6 to 17, to reflect on aviation and aerospace by designing a piece of art based on the year’s chosen theme. This year’s contest theme was “Flying, Yesterday and Tomorrow.”

The entries for 2020 accounted for 956 works of art representing 84 schools across the state.  The agency attributes their success to their aviation art contest calendar mailed to over 500 Oklahoma public and private schools. 

“The annual Oklahoma Aviation Art Contest is critical to stimulating aviation interest among young minds.  If we can reach them at the earliest of ages, we can guide them into STEM based education and aviation and aerospace careers,” said Aeronautics Director for the State of Oklahoma, Victor Bird.

In the Junior Division, ages 6 to 9, Grace Huang, from Truman Primary School in Norman, took home first prize. This year’s second-place winner was Emma Newsom from Maryetta School in Stilwell, while third place went to Chloe Childs from Community Christian School in NormanKinsley Porter received an honorable mention from the judges and is a student at Bridge Creek Intermediate School.

Dory Monks from Yukon, a student at Lakeview Elementary School took top honors in the Intermediate Division, ages 10-13. Taking second was Brooklyn Torres from Purcell Junior High, while Sophia Zhao, from Roosevelt Elementary School in Norman, placed third. Receiving an Honorable Mention in the division was Faith Lawson, from Ada Junior High.

Brock Bailey, a homeschooled student from Collinsville finished atop the Senior Division, ages 14-17, followed by Frederica Belloni, a student at Enid High School. Leslie Marquez from Guymon High School, took third. Ella Bolander also from Guymon High School received an honorable mention in the division.

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. In addition to the cash prizes, the winners are also presented with certificates of achievement as well as citations from their respective state senator and state representative.

The top three entries in each age division are forwarded to Washington, D.C., where they 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 were State Senator Brenda Stanley, Senate District 42; Brigadier General Chris Hill, Commander, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, Tinker Air Force Base; Teresa Camp, an aerospace systems engineer with Special Projects Lead, Executive Aircraft; Representative Jay Steagall, House District 43, Alexis Higgins, A.A.E., Chief Executive Officer for Tulsa Airport Improvement Trust; Mary Smith Crofts, Board Member, Tulsa Airport Improvement Trust, and our Head Judge, Leslie Osborn, Commissioner of Labor for the State of Oklahoma.

The 2020 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.

Complimentary copies of calendars may be requested by emailing [email protected].

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