2014 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced
Artists To Be Recognized During Ceremony at State Capitol
Officials with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission have announced the winners of Oklahoma’s 2014 International Aviation Art Contest. The students will be recognized for their artwork during an awards ceremony scheduled for April 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Blue Room inside the state Capitol.
The International Aviation Art Contest encourages youth from around the world, ages 6 to 17, to reflect on aviation by designing a piece of art based on the year’s chosen theme. This year’s contest theme was “Flying Saves Lives.”
"Our nation’s supremacy in military and civil aviation did not happen by accident; it has happened because we have a workforce that is second to none, powering our aviation and aerospace industry. The aviation art contest is so very important because it inspires and challenges today’s youth to become tomorrow’s workforce,” said Director of Aeronautics Victor N. Bird, who noted that the aviation and aerospace sector is one of the state’s top five economic engines, producing a $12.5 billion economic output (10 percent of the state’s total) and providing 144,000 direct and indirect jobs.
First-place winners in each of the three age categories of the aviation art contest will receive $100, while the second-place winners will receive $75. Third-place winners will receive $50. In addition to the cash prizes, the winners will also be presented with certificates of achievement.
The top three entries in each age division were forwarded to Washington, D.C., where they competed nationally against other winners from the U.S. for the right to move on to the international competition.
In the Junior Division, ages 6 to 9, Austin Buchanan from Newalla, who attends Clara Reynolds Elementary in Harrah, took home first prize. This year’s second-place winner was Jacob Hughes from Tipton Elementary, while Lawton’s Cierra Gates, a student at Ridgecrest Elementary, placed third. Aubrey Robichaux from Russell Daugherty Elementary in Edmond was recognized as an honorable mention.
In the Intermediate Division, ages 10-13, Noah Blackburn, a home-schooled student from Enid, was the first-place winner. Taking second was Thomas Buchanan from Newalla, a student at Russell Babb Elementary in Harrah and older brother of Junior Division winner Austin Buchanan. In 2013, his last year to compete in the youngest category, Thomas won first place for a piece of artwork that went on to place second at the national level. Brinkley Howard, a home-schooled student from Collinsville, took third in the state. Emma Kruse from Ridgecrest Elementary in Lawton earned honorable mention accolades in the Intermediate Division.
In the Senior Division, ages 14-17, Kristan Mara from Elmore City High School won first place, while two students from Guymon High School, Thein Mway and Irvin Frayre, finished in second and third place, respectively.
Judges for this year’s art contest were Glen Henry, director of arts education at the Oklahoma Department of Education; Kyle Lankford, the state’s last international winner from 1994; and retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier Gen. Ben Robinson.
The 2014 International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored, in large part, by the National Aeronautic Association, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education, Federal Aviation Administration and the Ken Cook Co.
View the winning artwork from the 2014 International Aviation Art Contest
Artwork by Noah Blackburn, 13, of Enid, who won first place in the Intermediate category of the Oklahoma 2014 International Aviation Art Contest. He is one of 11 young people that will be recognized at the state Capitol on April 22 for their winning artwork.