"South American Glory" by Thomas J. Kalina Takes First
Thomas J. Kalina of Racine, Wisconsin, won the Best of Show
award and the top prize of $1,000 in the 2005 EAA Sport Aviation
Art Contest. His entry, "South American Glory," depicts a Douglas
DC-7B taking off in the early evening light.
Four other category winners took home $250 awards and included
Ardell Bourgeois, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada -- "James
Allen Ward, VC" -- Warbirds category; Leon Basler, Bismarck, North
Dakota -- "Lifting the Spirit" -- Sport Aviation; M. Randall Mytar,
Sherman Oaks, California -- "Fly Fishing" -- Vintage; and Ron Hart,
Bend, Oregon -- "Manned Flight" -- Open Bourgeois' entry
illustrated a British airman on the wing of an in-flight Vickers
Wellington Mk.IC. bomber attempting to douse a wing fire caused by
enemy flak. Basler's entry depicted a solitary glider soaring above
Mytar's entry was a watercolor showing a man and child fishing
while perched on the float of a Piper J-3 Cub.
Hart's entry shows a man "standing" on a large paper airplane as
is soars over an open field.
This year's jury members were Jim LaMalfa - Professor of Art,
University of Wisconsin-Marinette; Li Hu, Art Professor, University
of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Joe D'Uva, Assistant Art Professor, Lawrence
University, Appleton, Wisconsin; Mike DiFrisco, EAA Director of
Marketing Services; Susan Zolkowski-Kirk, EAA Display and Sign
Coordinator, H. G. Frautschy, Executive Director & Editor,
Vintage Airplane Association; and Alan Westby, Director,
Collections & Interpretation, EAA AirVenture Museum.
115 entries were received, with initial judging taking place on
April 6. Final judging was completed on May 18 at the EAA Gorman
Gallery, where the winning art will be on display from June 2005
through May 2006. Final judging for the 29th annual event took
place this week at the Gorman Gallery, located at EAA AirVenture
Museum, Oshkosh. EAA's is the longest running aviation art contest
in the country.