2021 Aviation Art Contest - "A Friendlier World with Air Sports"


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. ​

When we think of aviation, our first thoughts go to the sky. We imagine what it would be like soaring through the air in a glider, floating across the sky in a hot air balloon, or maybe even twisting and looping through the clouds in an aerobatic plane. While being in the sky is glamorous, it is only part of the adventure. Every journey begins on the ground with a team of people working together to make something magical happen. Working together, a group of aviation enthusiasts can accomplish what one person alone never could.

Air sports bring people together and create friendships that connect people from all over the world and of all ages. Air sports include everything from drone racing or participating in an air show to paragliding and beyond. Celebrating air sports involves excitement on the ground getting ready for an aerial event, eating meals and laughing together, as well as team camaraderie and inspiring others to reach their highest potential. Now it's your turn to grab your favorite art supplies and create a work of art that captures the friendlier world that comes from people meeting and sharing their love of sport aviation.

2021 Contest Brochure​

This year’s theme is ‘A Friendlier World with Air Sports.’ 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.

Prizes: The top three entries in each age group will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by ​Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and the Wisconsin chapters of Women in Aviation International): the Four Lakes chapter (Madison area), Southeastern chapter (Milwaukee area), and Oshkosh chapter.)

Check out their upcoming statewide events for girls and families on the Wisconsin Girls in Aviation Facebook page.

​WisDOT thanks sponsors of this year’s aviation art contest!

In addition, the top three entries plus an honorable mention will have their artwork displayed in a special exhibit at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

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:

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

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

All artwork for the competition must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 19, 2021.


Meredith Alt
Aviation Education Program Manager
Bureau of Aeronautics
(608) 266-8166, meredithl.alt@dot.wi.gov