Bob Hope Airport Announces “2012 Tower Banner Student Art Contest” Winners

By On March 6, 2012

The high school student winners of the Bob Hope Airport “2012 Tower Banner Student Art Contest” from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork at the March 5, 2012 Airport Authority meeting.

Winners from all three school districts, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, gathered to show the Bob Hope Airport Authority their award winning artwork. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The winners were chosen from 148 entries across all three districts. Joining them were their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.

This is the fifth year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has invited high school students in Grades 9-12 to enter the Bob Hope Airport Tower Banner Student Art Contest. Each year, the Airport Authority chooses a different aviation theme for the contest.

This year’s theme was “Cleared for Take Off.” In 2011, the theme was “Up and Away” and in 2010 and 2009, the artists illustrated “Joy of Flight” and “Soaring to New Heights.”

Each school district is responsible for determining which entries are chosen as its top three entries. The arts and culture commission from each respective city then considers the three entries and makes the final selection of one entry from its school district based on the judging criteria set forth in the Authority’s contest rules.

The winning artwork from each school district is displayed on the façade of the Bob Hope Airport terminal tower for a period of approximately three months where it is seen by well over a million travelers and airport visitors as they arrive and depart the terminal. The artwork is enlarged to 16 feet by 26 feet to target viewers who are on the move. Since the contest’s inception five years ago, $10,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the award be used to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts. This year, each district will receive $3,000.

The winning entries displayed on the tower are rotated among Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

This year, Glendale Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Iris Kim from Crescenta Valley High School, will be the first to be displayed on the tower beginning this September:

Burbank High School's Nalani Hernandez won one of the First Place Awards and will have her artwork displayed on the front of the Bob Hope Airport Tower. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pasadena Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Ali Jakubczyk of Pasadena High School will be displayed starting January 2013.

Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Nalani Hernandez, will be displayed starting April 2013.

Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in Terminal B with background information about the contest beginning September 2012.

The next contest will begin in September 2012. To be eligible to enter the contest, student artists must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 in the public high schools of Burbank Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District or Pasadena Unified School District. Students interested in participating should contact the art faculty or art department at their high school for details.