The kids of Minnesota are pretty talented - like we needed to tell you that.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently held an Aviation Art Contest to promote general and commercial aviation throughout the state. The winning submissions have been announced.

Four winning entries in three age categories - 6 to 9, 10 to13, and 14 to17) were selected from more than 500 entries statewide, and will be featured in the 2016 Minnesota Aviation Art Calendar. In addition, winners in each age category will receive certificates for a 30-minute introductory flight at their local airport and art supplies from Dick Blick Art Materials, Roseville, Minn.

You can view the winning images by clicking here.

An official award ceremony will be held at the Commemorative Air Force hangar, at South St. Paul Airport, in St. Paul, Friday, March 13, from 9:30-11:30 AM.

The first through third place winning artworks in each category traveled to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level and winners there will advance to international competition. The International Aviation Art Contest, an event of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, is cosponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials Center for Aviation Research and Education and the National Aeronautics Association.

The contest helps students learn about aviation through designing artwork based upon the annual theme, which in 2015 was “My Favorite Air Sport.” The contest is sponsored by the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics and Dick Blick Art Materials.