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May 25, 2005 - David Baker’s “Canopy” (Grey Study), a painting of an open T-6 cockpit, was awarded Best of Show in the 30th annual EAA Sport Aviation Art Contest. Baker, EAA 778913 and a member of EAA Chapter 35, hails from San Antonio, Texas. His subject was a Navy grey T-6 on static display at an air show held in Fredericksburg, Texas a couple years back. Baker, who works as a medical illustrator for The University of Texas Health Science Center, was awarded $1,000.

First place ($250) winners this year were:

  • Sam Lyons, of Woodstock, Georgia, EAA 362685, Sport Aviation category, for “Yellow Lure,” a Piper Cub on floats at EAA AirVenture’s Seaplane Base.
  • Jo-Ann Lizio, of Naples, Florida, Vintage category, for “WASP,” an abstract work featuring a trim tab to commemorate the great service provided by the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.
  • Bruce Thomas of North Saanich, BC, Canada, Warbird category, for “In the Sun,” a portrayal of a vulnerable young pilot in a Sopwith Camel as he scans a brilliant sky between the trenches during WWI.
  • Barry Ross, of Fairfield, Iowa, EAA 243921, Open category, for “Lilienthal’s Glider,” a depiction of Otto Lilienthal soaring with one of his gliders, being inspired by the flight of an eagle.

EAA’s annual competition is the world’s longest-running aviation art contest. EAA received 114 entries for this year’s competition.

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; Gail Panske, Art Professor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Andrew Redington, Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Jan Smith, Director, Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Susan Zolkowski-Kirk, EAA Display and Sign Coordinator; H. G. Frautschy, Executive Director & Editor, Vintage Airplane Association; Kristin Baeten, EAA Creative Services; and Alan Westby, Director, Collections & Interpretation, EAA AirVenture Museum.

Each photo is a link to a larger view

“Canopy” (Grey Study) - Best of Show
David Baker

“Yellow Lure”
Sam Lyons

“In the Sun”
Bruce Thomas

Jo-Ann Lizio


“Lilienthal’s Glider”
Barry Ross

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