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NASA Art Contest 2011 – Future of Flight

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) invites high school and college students from all areas of study to enter, including the arts, industrial design, architecture, computer design, and the fine arts. Students are asked to submit their work on the theme: Future of Flight. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students.

Any full time student can enter, regardless of major or area of study. Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities.

It is NASA’s intention to provoke non-science and engineering students to think about the science and engineering required to achieve the future of flight both in space and on Earth.


Submit art to represent future of flight, on Earth or in Space.

Entries will be accepted in four categories:

  • two-dimensional,
  • three-dimensional,
  • digital,
  • literature (poetry and short stories) and video.

Entries will be evaluated on creativity, artistic qualities.


Selected works will be chosen for exhibits at NASA facilities across the USA, including Washington, DC. NASA also expects to award cash prizes and certificates. Award amounts are subject to available funds.

An on-line gallery is planned for public viewing of the artwork.


  • Students enrolled full time at art schools, high schools, colleges, community colleges, trade schools, design schools, professional schools, or universities are eligible to enter.
  • Only US Citizens are eligible for cash prizes.
  • International students may enter, but will not be eligible for cash prizes.
  • All entries will initially be submitted digitally as 300 dpi jpeg images for traditional art and other file types for literature, music, and video.
  • Winners may be asked to ship their work to NASA for exhibit purposes.

How to enter?

Entries should be submitted online. However, the registration page is not updated with the 2011 contest information. Hopefully, that will happen very soon.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward [at] (please replace [at] with @).