2023 Aviation Art Contest - "Air Sports & The Environment"


Calling all artists between the ages of 6 and 17…the International Aviation Art Contest is now underway!  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in partnership with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), invites students to create a work of art that celebrate the adventures and excitement of the world of flight.

Aviation has always been at the forefront of technology and over the generations, those involved in aeronautics have felt an ever-in- creasing pressure to protect our planet. Aviators, now and in the future, have a responsibility to push forward the limits of human innovation and imagination to harness cleaner energy and minimize the impact of air sports on the earth and its atmosphere. 

By letting your imagination fly, we want you, as an artist, to explore the ways that air sports can interact harmoniously with our environment. Ask yourself, how can air sports help inspire others to protect our earth? Can you envisage how innovation and technology can use greener fuels to power aircraft? It’s time to take your favorite art supplies and create a work of art that imagines how air sports of the future can help keep our planet safe for the generations to come.

This year’s theme is ‘Air Sports & The Environment.’  Entries will be judged on the creative use of the theme in relation to the aviation world. WisDOT strongly encourages participants to make a clear connection to the theme in their artwork or to provide a short statement with the submission, if preferred.

The top three entries in each age group will advance to the national competition and receive an award certificate along with the following awards:

  • ​1st Place: $100 gift card for aviation or art supplies or an airplane ride for the winner and a guest
  • 2nd Place: $75 gift card for aviation or art supplies
  • 3rd Place: $50 gift card for aviation or art supplies​
​Awards for winning entries may also be available and are still being finalized.

More information about the format and contest rules is available in the contest brochure and on the NASAO International Aviation Art Contest webpage​.

Participants should send their artwork and the authenticity certificate included in the brochure to:

Olivia Conklin
Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics
4822 Madison Yards Way, 5th Floor, South
Madison, WI 53705

If participants would like their artwork returned, plea​se also include a return mailer/package.

All artwork for the competition must be postmarked by Friday, January 20, 2023.