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SD Aviation Art Contest

The SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit and South Dakota Pilots Association are sponsors of the annual South Dakota Aviation Art Contest for children aged 6 to 17. The contest has been held in South Dakota in past years, but has not been widely publicized in the past. Soooooo, tell your kids, your grandkids, your neighbor kids, and school teachers!!

Each year a different theme is selected for the Art Contest and in 2017 the theme is “Beyond the Clouds.”  More information about the contest and links to the other web sites can be found at the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit web site: http://www.sddot.com/transportation/aviation/contest/Default.aspx. This web site also has images of the top three South Dakota winners in each age category for past years.

2017 International Aviation Art Contest brochure (PDF)

Artwork of winners will be published in the SDPA newsletter and SDPA web site.

Theme

Flying SavesThe theme of the 2017 Aviation Art Contest is “Beyond the Clouds.” We live beneath the clouds. We look up and see them stand stationary or speed across the sky. We see them reflect the bright colors of the sunrise or sunset. They turn dark and purple, letting us know a storm is coming. We see almost every aspect of clouds, except what they look like from above.

Above the clouds is a space known only to those who dare to break the bounds of earth. Some soar in hot air balloons, gliders and hang gliders, floating across the sky with the clouds. Others fly in planes, as pilots or passengers, watching the clouds and earth race by below. Specially trained pilots in rugged aircraft fly into storm clouds, taking measurements that help those on the ground predict where the storm will go. Those in helicopters can stand still, like clouds on a still day, or can fly across the sky high and low. Aerobatic pilots love clear skies, so those below can watch their amazing feats of flight. Intrepid aviators on the ground send up weather balloons almost to space, both for science and for the amazing pictures that can be taken only when you get above the clouds.

The world of aviation is always changing as each new generation of pilots and designers bring their vision of flight to the world. Now it’s your time to grab your favorite art supplies and turn your imagination loose. Create a work of art that celebrates the adventures and excitement only available in that special place beyond the clouds. Good luck!

 

Contest Information

This Year’s Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by January 20, 2017, and must be sent to the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit (700 East Broadway Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-2586).

This Year’s Theme: This year’s theme is “Beyond the Clouds.” Artwork will be judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world.

Eligibility: All children in the age groups shown below 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 including the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit.

Age Groups: Entries will be judged in three classes:

  • Group I – Junior Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2010.
  • Group II – Intermediate Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2006.
  • Group III – Senior Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2002.

State Awards: Entries in each age group will be judged and state winners and runners-up will be selected (typically Jennifer Boehm, SD Department of Transportation, is the contest judge). Winners will receive a first, second, or third place certificate and recognition from the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit. The SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit and the SDPA also give winners either art supplies, or aviation-related items such as model rockets or model airplanes (Legos kits that can be made into airplanes for the younger kids). The top three winners in each age category will be published in the SDPA newsletter & SDPA web site and presented on the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit web site. The top three entries in each age group from South Dakota will be forwarded to Washington, DC, to participate in the national competition.

National Awards:  A first, second, and third place national winner will be selected from each age group.  All national winners will receive a certificate, ribbon, and a framed reproduction of their artwork.  

International Awards:  The first, second, and third place national winners in each age group will be forwarded to FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) headquarters for international judging.  Winners of the international competition will receive certificates and gold, silver, or bronze medals. 

Contest Rules

Artwork Dimensions: Artwork size should be 11-3/4x16.5 inches(A3), or if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent. 8.5x11 inches entries are NOT eligible. Artwork must NOT be framed, or outlined with borders.

Medium: All artwork must be hand (or, in the case of physically challenged children, by foot or mouth) made. Any of the following media are permitted:  watercolor, acrylic, oil paints, indelible markers, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, Crayola, or similar indelible mediums. The following media are NOT permitted: Pencil, charcoal or other nonpermanent medium, computer generated artwork, no collage work involving the use of photocopies.

Certification: The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the art:  title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of school which child attends, and certificate of authenticity.  (this certificate is part of the Contest Brochure – obtainable for Jennifer Boehm). 

Reproduction Rights: Once received, entries will become and remain the property of the Fédération Aeronautique Internationale or SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit and may be used for a variety of purposes.

Sponsors: The SD Aviation Art Contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the South Dakota Pilots Association. For more information and a copy of the official brochure containing the Certificate of Authenticity, contact Jennifer Boehm at the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit, Pierre, SD (phone 605-773-4430 or email jennifer.boehm@state.sd.us).

2017 SD Aviation Art Contest Winners

The theme of the 2017 Aviation Art Contest was “Beyond the Clouds.” There were 138 submissions for the Contest from nine teachers at eight public / private schools / home schools. There were 26 submissions in the 6-9 year old group, 112 submission in the 10-13 year old group, and 0 submissions in the 14-17 year old group. The South Dakota Pilots Association provided $250 for the first place winners, and advertised the contest in the Nov-Dec 2016 and Jan-Feb 2017 newsletters, sent a news release to 47 SD media outlets.

Thank you Jennifer Boehm, Aeronautics Program Assistant, SD DOT Office of Air, Rail & Transit, for coordinating and judging the South Dakota Aviation Art Contest.

Click here for winners. (PDF)


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