The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission announced today that, due to the early December winter weather that forced most Oklahoma school districts to close for several days, it is extending by one week the deadline for Oklahoma youth to enter Oklahoma’s 2014 International Aviation Art Contest. Young artists will now have until Friday, Jan. 24, to have their entries postmarked and in the mailbox.

Oklahoma’s youth from ages six to 17 are eligible to participate in the art contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “Flying Saves Lives.”

Contest organizers are encouraging participants to think of ways that flying saves lives, which they can in turn incorporate into their artwork.

Artwork will be judged in three categories – Junior (ages 6-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13) and Senior (ages 14-17) – and will be based on originality, design and usage of theme. First-, second- and third-place winners from each age group will be chosen, with each winner receiving a certificate and cash prize for his or her artwork. Each piece of winning artwork will also be judged at the national level; and if they win there, they will move on to the international competition.

To participate in the 2014 International Aviation Art Contest, entries must be sent to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission at 120 N. Robinson, Suite 1244W, Oklahoma City OK 73102.

To obtain a copy of the 2014 brochure that contains an official entry form and contest rules, please visit and click on the brochure icon on the front page, or click on the OAC Publications tab on the left side of the homepage and then click on the corresponding link located near the bottom of the page. You can also call the aviation art contest state coordinator at 405-604-6916 or e-mail for more information.