2021 Youth Black History Month Art Contest

Join the Military Aviation Museum in celebrating Black History Month this year by participating in our Youth Aviation Art Contest! Children in Grades 1-12 are invited to honor the contributions of African-Americans in Aviation History through their artistic submissions, with the winners being placed on display in the Museum as part of a special exhibit! Whether featuring Bessie Coleman, The Tuskegee Airmen, Ensign Jesse Brown, or World War I’s Eugene Bullard, there are so many stories your artwork can tell!

The artwork submitted will also be collected and displayed virtually as well, so that those unable to visit the museum in person can still appreciate the masterpieces!

How to Enter

  1. Only one entry per student. (Sorry, yes you have to choose your best, or favorite piece!)
  2. Entry forms with authentication signatures must be completed and either mailed in or emailed along with printed and digital artwork.
  3. Listed on the back of the entries must contain:

    Student’s First and Last Name
    Phone number
    Parent’s Email
    Grade Level
    Parent, Guardian, or Teacher’s Signature

  4. All artwork must include the signed authentication form to be filled in and signed by either a parent, guardian, or teacher.
  5. Format: Paper must be either 8.5” x 11” or 11” x 17” sheet of any color. Artwork is not to be framed or have any borders. Digital art must be at least 2400 x 2400 pixels, not exceed 10 MBs., and be formatted as a .png or .jpeg.
  6. Artwork must be the student’s own work.
  7. Crayons, markers, ball point, fountain, or felt tip pens, watercolors, acrylic, or oil paints are all acceptable. Pencil and Charcoal works can be accepted as long as they are treated to prevent damage to the original erasable piece.
  8. Photographs, Printed Materials, or Sculptures cannot be accepted.
  9. Digital artwork must not contain photographs, filtered photographs, photo manipulation, collages, or animation.
  10. Theme: Celebrate Black History Month with us by creating a piece of artwork that recognizes African-American contributions to Aviation History. Use your creativity to share stories of triumph over adversity, and of people who pursued their dreams of flight!
  11. Reproduction Rights: Once the artwork has been received by the Military Aviation Museum, entries become the property and remain the property of the Military Aviation Museum. Entries may be used for a variety of promotional programs.
  12. Submissions: All entries should be mailed in a large envelope and not folded. Entries may also be turned in to the Military Aviation Museum’s front desk by 5 pm on Sunday February 21, 2021. Digital artwork must be emailed to the following email address no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Email: education@aviationmuseum.us

    Mail Entries to:
    Military Aviation Museum
    Attn: Aviation Artwork Contest
    1341 Princess Anne Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23457

  1. Categories: Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12
  2. Artwork will be judged on creativity, originality, and how it honors Black History Month.
  3. Contest is open to all students in grades 1-12 including homeschool, private schools, and youth centers. All entries must have the authentication form signed and returned with artwork.
  4. Judging: Entries will be judged by a panel of judges at the Military Aviation Museum. Judging will start Monday, February 22, 2021. Winners will be announced by February 28, 2021. Winners will be notified by email, with arrangements made to collect prizes.

Roslyn P. Nickens

Roslyn NickensRoslyn has been with the Virginia Department of Aviation since 2017, providing customer service to aircraft owners and operators by receiving phone calls and working with walk-in customers. She supports aircraft compliance efforts through the daily administration of issuing aircraft registrations and contract carrier permits and also maintaining annual survey reports of private-use airports, heliports and landing areas in Virginia to ensure aircraft compliance.When she first started with the Virginia Department of Aviation,she assisted with promoting aviation in the Commonwealth through the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program and the International Art Contest. In 2018 and 2019 she was part of the judging panel for the International Art Contest where she helped decided the top three in each category.Roslyn considers it an honor and privilege to serve the aviation community with hopes of preserving, safeguarding and educating future generations.

Nicole W. Lutz

Nicole LutzNicole W. Lutz received her undergrad degree in American Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. Before graduation, Nicole worked at Wheatland, the museum of President James Buchanan as their Group Tour and Volunteer Coordinator. After graduation she worked part-time as an educator at the Baltimore Museum of Industry educating city school students about the history of industry in Baltimore during the turn of the century. In 2006 she became the Assistant Public Programs Curator for the College Park Aviation Museum where she really blossomed working in the field of aviation history. Designing new programs and working with school students solidified her interests in museums and education. In 2008 Nicole left College Park for an opportunity to work as the Director of Education and Public Programs for the Manassas Museum. There she designed new educational opportunities for homeschoolers, private and public schools. She was able to increase the amount of successful public programs from 6 to14 a year. Nicole recently received her Master’s degree in Military History from the Southern New Hampshire University in 2020. She comes to the Military Aviation Museum with 12 years of museum experience and a keen interest in military aviation history. She is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania but now lives in Norfolk with her husband Paul, daughter Willow and cat Piper.

Allan B. Harris, Sr.

Allan HarrisAllan B. Harris, Sr. was educated in the Detroit Public School system where he excelled in the classroom at Detroit Western High School. Upon his graduation he accepted both basketball and academic scholarships to Siena Heights College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1990. In 2008 Coach Harris was inducted into the Siena Heights University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Following his collegiate playing days Coach Harris was selected to play professional basketball in the European Basketball Association in Madrid, Spain where he would play the next four seasons. He received his Master’s degree from Cambridge College in January 2006, and his advanced degree in Curriculum & Instruction/Educational Administration in 2008 also from Cambridge College and has been serving as an educator in Chesapeake City Schools since 2010. Allan enjoys spending his summers working with various camps to help enhance students interest in Math and Science, as well as STEM academies. Most recently, Allan has gained a lot of interest in aviation from spending valuable time this past summer with the Virginia Beach Aviation Museum. Allan currently resides in Elizabeth City, NC with his wife Josie Wills Harris. Together they have four children: Ariel, Allan Jr., Alexis, and Aaron.

Special Judges

Harry Quinton, Sgt. USAF (Separated)
Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA)

Sergeant/Dr. Harry QuintonHarry Quinton was born in Salisbury, MD on December 14, 1925. Upon completion of High School, he attended the Atlantic Aviation Institute in Trenton, NJ and Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in Newark, NJ. After completing his training and examinations, he received an Airplane Engine Mechanics License from the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board.

Shortly thereafter in 1943, Mr. Quinton enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve and was assigned to the Army Air Corps. He completed Basic Training at Keesler Field, MS and received an assignment to the 477th Bombardment Group, 602nd Air Engineering Squadron at Godman Field, KY, where he served as an Airplane Mechanic. While assigned to the all-White commanded 477th Bombardment Group, Private First Class (PFC) Quinton observed the racial tension, disharmony and distrust that plagued the Group. As a direct result of growing tension, which lasted from January 1944 to June 1945, the 477th never became combat ready before the end of the war. And although PFC Quinton was at Godman Field, KY and did not participate in the “Battle at Freeman Field” (where between April 15-20, 1945, a battle of sort ensued over the inability of permanently assigned Black Officers to use the White only Officers Club at Freeman Field, Seymour, IN), he recognized that he did benefit from it directly. As a direct result of the “101 stubborn Black Officers” taking a stand at Freeman Field and refusing to sign a “Jim Crow” based regulation (voluntarily or under direct orders) that was punishable by death (64th Article of War), their collective actions were found to be justified and prompted a change in the command of the 477th from a White Officer to one commanded by a Black Officer named Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. When WW II ended, and after having attained the rank of Sergeant, Sergeant Quinton was Honorably Discharged.

SGT Quinton’s military education included completion of the B-25 Bomber School at the North American Aircraft Plant in Pasadena, CA and ground school at Godman Field, KY. His military awards included the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, and the Army Air Force Technical Badge with the Mechanic Bar. As a Documented Original Tuskegee Airman (DOTA), SGT Quinton and other DOTAs were cited for the Congressional Gold Medal at the US Capitol on 29 March 2007 when President Bush conferred this distinct honor on all of the individuals who participated in the Tuskegee Airmen Program. In May 2012, SGT Quinton, and five other Tidewater Chapter-based DOTAs received Honorary Doctorate Degrees of Humane Letters from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Following his honorable discharge, SGT/Dr. Quinton attended Plattsburg College and Long Island University and earned an Associate Degree in Business and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He also completed some graduate studies at Hofstra University. He retired from the United States Treasury Department after having worked as an Agent for a number of years. He now resides in Williamsburg, VA. His wife (Vera) is deceased.

To learn more about SGT/Dr. Quinton and/or the Tidewater Chapter’s Speakers Bureau and other activities that he participates in, please visit the Tidewater Chapter’s Website at the following location: www.TAI-TidewaterChapter.com.

Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burrell

Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Bill BurrellCurrently, Chaplain Lt. Col. Bill Burrell, Retired, serves as the President of the Tidewater Chapter -Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., based in Hampton, Virginia. Prior to his retirement after almost 34 years of service, he served as the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing and the Wing Chaplain at Fort George G. Meade located in Maryland. In this position, Chaplain Lt. Col. Burrell served as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Senior Religious Advisor for the Wing Commander, providing key information and guidance on all matters pertaining to religious and moral affairs to 500 Wing members and their families, which consisted of six groups and twenty-one squadrons at thirty different global locations. He directed the Chaplain section of two local chaplains, two chaplain assistants and twelve global personnel,
as well as providing crisis response counseling and conducting worship services. Chaplain Lt. Col. Burrell led strategic partnerships with the National Security Agency and Cyber Command Religious Affairs Offices, SME for Resiliency, Relationship Enhancement and Suicide Prevention Training. He masterminded key relationship enhancement events for over 200 families with over 3500 participants. In addition, he ensured over 4500 counseling hours for Department of Defense military and their dependents and he instituted interagency religious coverage for 39,000 National Security Agency personnel. He has served as senior pastor for six stateside congregations and for three deployed/international locations.

While on active duty, he had 19 military assignments and deployments in support of various relief efforts to include: Deployed in Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, USNORTHCOM, Grand Folk Humanitarian Relief Efforts, and he was point man for New England Honduras Relief Efforts. He was commissioned as a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve in April 1994. He is an ordained Baptist pastor with the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., and he was ordained at St. John Baptist Church in Arlington, VA. He fellowships with the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Newport News, VA. In addition, Chaplain Lt. Col. Burrell serves as an adjunct professor at Hampton University in Hampton, VA. He is married to Natalie Burrell, and they have four children and one granddaughter.

  • Grades 1-3:
    • First Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in a cockpit of one of our Warbirds, and $50 gift certificate to the Military Aviation Museum’s Gift Shop
    • Second Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds
    • Third Place: Certificate and Ribbon, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds
  • Grades 4-6:
    • First Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in a cockpit of one of our Warbirds, and $50 gift certificate to the Military Aviation Museum’s Gift Shop
    • Second Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds
    • Third Place: Certificate and Ribbon, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds
  • Grades 7-9:
    • First Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds, $50 gift certificate to the Military Aviation Museum Gift Shop
    • Second Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds
    • Third Place: Certificate and Ribbon, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds
  • Grades 10-12:
    • First Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds, Art Supply Kit
    • Second Place: Certificate and Ribbon, 1 year family membership to the Military Aviation Museum, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds
    • Third Place: Certificate and Ribbon, a picture of the winner in the cockpit of one of our Warbirds

All winners will be posted on our website and featured in our Prop Noise Newsletter.

All artwork will be framed and displayed at the Military Aviation Museum’s exhibit space. Date of display opening is to be announced.

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