Winners Of The Space Foundation’s 9th Annual International Student Art Contest Announced

Xinyi Christine of the United States received The Space Achievement Award in the Space Foundation’s International Student Art Contest. Image Credit: Xinyi Christine/Space Foundation

January 23, 2019 – The Space Foundation has announced the winners of its 9th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest, co-sponsored by Firefly Aerospace. The 25 winners represent five U.S. states and 12 countries, with one entry chosen for the Space Achievement Award.

The Space Foundation invited public, private and homeschool children from around the world, ages 3-18, to submit original artwork depicting the theme, Where Will Your Spaceship Take You?” The contest is free to enter every year, and the response for 2019 included more than 3,900 entries from 36 U.S. states and 61 countries, including Lithuania, United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Mongolia.

“Everything that has been constructed existed first in the imagination of its architect,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “We are inspired by the vision of these student space architects as they imagine ‘where their spaceships will take them.’”

The winning entries will be shown at the Space Foundation’s 35th Space Symposium, to be held April 8-11, 2019, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After the Symposium, the winning art will be displayed at Space Foundation Headquarters and Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.

“I have greatly enjoyed personally viewing thousands of inspired contest entries over the years,” said Nancy Reed, Director – Marketing & Creative Services for the Space Foundation.  “I treasure gained insights from my involvement with the contest – that young artists’ creativity, desire to win and their view of space is universal throughout the world and transcends world politics and differing ideologies – a wonderful thing indeed!”

The winners will receive an astronaut autograph, certificate, ribbon and an art kit.

Students were invited to enter artwork in the following media formats: drawing, painting, mixed media and digital. The contest featured eight age categories, with first, second and third place honors for each of the age categories, plus one Space Foundation Achievement Award.

In August 2019, the Space Foundation will make an announcement about the 2020 contest.

To view a complete list of winners, visit: