Deadline & Mailing Entries:

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 20, 2017.

Your entries should be mailed to:

NCDOT Aviation Art Contest
NC Division of Aviation
1560 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1560

Have Questions?

Have questions regarding the contest, contact us.

Phone: 919-814-0550
Email: Contact Us

What is the Art Contest?

The 2017 North Carolina Art Contest is a contest sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation to engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state.

This Year’s Theme

This year’s theme 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.

Artwork will be judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world.

Art Contest Requirements

Art Contest Eligibility

All children who live in and/or attend school in North Carolina and in the age groups below are encouraged to participate. Children who are related to officials and employees of NCDOT are also eligible to participate.

Art Contest Rules

  • Format: The required format is A3 (11¾ x 16½ inches) or, if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent. Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders.
  • Medium: All artwork must be done by hand (or, in the case of children with physical challenges, by foot or mouth). Any of the following media is 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 is NOT permitted: pencil, colored pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent medium; computer-generated artwork; collage work involving the use of photocopies.
  • Markings: The artist's name should not appear on the front of the artwork. The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork: family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of the school the child attends, Certificate of Authenticity and, if desired, title of the artwork.
  • Certification: A parent, guardian or art teacher must certify the authenticity of the artwork and the age of each artist. The Certification of Authenticity must be completed and mailed with the artwork. You can find the form below.
  • Reproduction Rights: Once received, all entries will become and remain the properties of the NCDOT Division of Aviation and may be used for a variety of purposes. Those forwarded for international judging become and remain the property of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Art Contest Awards

  • State Awards: Entries in each age group will be judged, and state winners and runners-up will be selected. Winners will receive a certificate and recognition from the state. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, D.C. to be judged in the national competition.

    Additionally, the top three entries in each age group will be awarded a gift certificate from an art supply store:

      1st Place - $100
      2nd Place - $50
      3rd Place - $25

  • National Awards: First-, second- and third-place national winners will be selected from each age group. All national winners will receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork.
  • International Awards: The first-, second- and third-place winners in each age group will be forwarded to Federation Aeronautique Internationale Headquarters for international judging. Winners of the international competition will receive certificates and gold, silver or bronze medals.

Age Groups

  • 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

Additional information is available on the website of the National Association of State Aviation Officials.