by Nicole Wiessinger
The 2012 International Aviation Art Contest is underway! Wisconsin is holding the state-level competition prior to the national and international events. All children between the ages of seven and 17 are invited and encouraged to participate.
This year’s theme is “Silent Flight.” It celebrates and honors air travel that is powered by wind alone. Examples include a kite, glider or paraglider.
The entries are initially submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics for statewide judging. The top three entries in each age bracket advance to the national competition, but also receive the following awards:
First Place: $100 art supply gift certificate, or an airplane ride for two.
Second Place: $75 art supply gift certificate.
Third Place: $50 art supply gift certificate.
National first, second and third place winners receive certificates, ribbons, a framed reproduction of their artwork, and advance to the international competition. Qualifiers compete for certificates, and gold, silver or bronze medals.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is proud of its national and international winners over the years. This year, the Bureau of Aeronautics is hoping to double the number of participants in an effort to encourage young artists to become more familiar with aviation, science and engineering.
Entries must be postmarked to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics by Friday, January 12, 2012. For an electronic copy of the brochure, please visit: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/air/art.htm