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Let your imagination take flight as you soar through history's skies in our 2024 Art Contest! Create a masterpiece inspired by the amazing adventures of aviation pioneers and inventors that will make history come alive with color and creativity.

Contest Rules: 

  • Open to all grades (K-12 grade)

  • Open to students that reside in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County

  • One entry per person 

  • All mailing submissions must be the standard size of 8.5 x 11

  • Artwork must not be framed or outlined with borders 

  • Online submissions should not exceed 2 MB 

  • Submit by mail or online submission

Full Contest Rules

  • Finalists will receive TWO FREE tickets to the Central Coast AirFest in Santa Maria, CA. The winners will be announced during AirFest! All finalists will have their works of art on display during the show.  

  •  If artwork is mailed to our headquarters, Planes of Fame staff will do their best to preserve its original condition. However, we are not responsible for any alteration or damage that might occur while handling.

  • A 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner will be selected in each grade category.

  • Judging Categories: Grades K-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12 


    Submission guidelines:

  • Only new and original pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.

  • The submission window is May 1, 2024 through August 31, 2024. The online submission form is available below. 

  • Submit by mail or online by 5 PM on August 31, 2024. Online submissions are preferred. 

  • Mailed artwork should be placed in a large-format envelope (please do not fold artwork)

  • The maximum file size for online submissions is 2MB.

  • All mailing submissions must be the standard size of  8.5 X 11. 

  • Artwork must not be framed or outlined with borders.

  • Medium: All artwork must be done by hand (or in the case of physically handicapped students, using feet or mouth). Any of the following medium are permitted: Watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ballpoint pens, indelible ink, crayon or similar permanent medium. 

  • Reproduction rights: Once received, entries become (and remain) the property of the Planes of Fame Air Museum and may be used for a variety of marketing, merchandising, and promotional submission. 

  • A complete and legible entry form must accompany all submissions. Entry forms are included in the online submission process.

  • If mailing your submission, please print out and include a completed entry form.

  • We will only judge submissions following these guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation!

Upload Submission Online: 
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2023 winners


Theme: Journey to the Stars! 

Thanks to everyone who entered the 2023 contest.  We received the largest number of entries in the history of the contest!

Questions? Please contact We can't wait to see your work of art! 

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