WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIRFORCE BASE – The United States Air Force National Museum will open the 36th International Aerospace Art Competition for students across the country on Friday, March 1st.

The theme of this year's competition focuses on the fact that July 2019 is 50 years since humans first walked on a surface other than Earth. As part of the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took this "giant leap" to the lunar surface.

Artists are asked to consider the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and what it would look like if humanity returned to the Moon today. Students can use such art media as watercolor, tempera, ink, crayon, marker, colored pencil, pastel, chalk and mixed colors.

Student work is graded into seven classes: grades K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and special needs grades K-6 and 7-12. The competition is open to private, public and homeschool students and gives them the opportunity to present their artistic talents in the competition for prize money.

Artwork must be scanned and emailed between Friday, March 1 and Friday, March 15. The first 50 submissions in each category will be accepted.

The artwork can be seen in the museum's Missile Gallery from 9am to 5pm. Monday, April 1 to Friday, May 10, and can be viewed daily.

Local museum experts and art teachers will choose the three winners in each class category and the Best in Show. The winners will be announced on Monday, April 1st. Participants do not have to be present to win. The award-winning artwork will be displayed on the museum's website.

The winner of the first place in each category will receive $ 300, the winner of the second place in each category will receive $ 200, and the winner of the third place in each category will receive $ 100. The best in show winner will receive $ 500.

A complete list of competition guidelines is available on the Museum's website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Education/Student-Aviation-Art.


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