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Space Foundation Announces 2014 International Student Art Contest Winners

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  (Jan. 23, 2014) – The 25 winners of the 2014 Space Foundation International Student Art Contest are the most globally diverse group in the contest’s history. Young artists were selected for the top slots from among more than 7,100 entries representing 54 countries, including 43 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories – the largest response since the contest began four years ago.

The winners will receive a certificate, ribbon, personalized astronaut autograph and a prize. The winning artwork will be displayed at the Space Foundation’s 30th Space Symposium, to be held May 19-22 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. Winners will be invited to tour the Space Symposium’s Boeing Exhibit Center and meet former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, Space Foundation Special Advisor – Human Spaceflight.

The Space Foundation invited students from around the world in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to submit original artwork for this year’s theme, “My Spaceship Looks Like…,” challenging students to design their own spaceship – and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art. The artwork could be submitted in any of the acceptable media/formats – drawing, painting, mixed media or digital art.

A panel of international judges selected first, second and third place winning entries in each of eight age categories: 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-14 years, 15-16 years and 17-18 years. One Space Foundation Achievement Award was also awarded, selected by the Space Foundation’s internal graphic arts team.

Armeen Jafry, 1st Place
Rongdhonu Art Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Endri Zavalani, 2nd Place
Homeschool, Tirana, Albania
Aishvarya Sivakumar, 3rd Place
Ezone India School, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Mehaulo Goryn, 1st Place
Centre Children and Teenagers Creativity, Zolochiv, Ukraine
Calista Marzouk, 2nd Place
Cornerstone Christian Montessori, Elkhart, Ind., USA
Cole Josef Lydston, 3rd Place
Norman Rockwell Elementary, Redmond, Wash., USA

Vivian Liu, 1st Place
Susan Art School, Milpitas, Calif., USA
Thadeus Christolon, 2nd Place
Absolute Fine Art Studio, Corona, Calif., USA
Zhou Jiayi, 3rd Place
Shanghai Pudong Youth Activities Center, Shanghai, China

9-10 YEARS
Tiffany Chen, 1st Place
Logan Elementary, Ann Arbor, Mich., USA
Francesco Fernando Gregorio Zuñiga, 2nd Place
Ateneo de Manila Grade School, Quezon City, Philippines
Sherry Pan, 3rd Place
Creative Art Studio, Ann Arbor, Mich., USA

11-12 YEARS
Sang Yikun, 1st Place
Shanghai Huangpu Art Activity Center, Shanghai, China
Sabrina Ryu, 2nd Place
Bret Harte Middle School, San Jose, Calif., USA
Gordon Su, 3rd Place
Thomas Russell Middle School, Milpitas, Calif., USA 

13-14 YEARS
Zi Lu Wang, 1st Place
Absolute Fine Art Studio, Corona, Calif., USA
Hiba Khamlichi, 2nd Place
La Sacré School, Rabat, Morocco
Mean-Hie Kim, 3rd Place
Northwood High School, Irvine, Calif., USA

15-16 YEARS
Rebecca Yu, 1st Place
Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, N.Y., USA
Jenny Yoo, 2nd Place
D-DIM Academy, Buena Park, Calif., USA
Lucille Miao, 3rd Place
Pingry School, Basking Ridge, N.J., USA

17-18 YEARS
Young Gun Kim, 1st Place
Leland High School, San Jose, Calif., USA
Sayani Karmaker, 2nd Place
Kishalaya Art Center, Chittaranjan, Burdwan, India
Lautice Taylor, 3rd Place
Franklinton High School, Franklinton, La., USA

Stephanie Chen, age 16
Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, N.Y., USA

Where to See the Artwork
Winning artwork submitted for this year’s contest can be seen on the Space Foundation website photo gallery at and all of the submitted artwork can be seen at in the “My Spaceship Looks Like…” Space Foundation art gallery. 

About the Judging Panel

The panel of judges comprised:

  • Lourn Eidal, Assistant Art Director, Crystal Peak Design, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA
  • Richard Green, Senior Environment/Cinematics/Concept Artist, Kirkland, Wash., USA
  • Carolyn Strong, Director, Young Rembrandts, Denver, Colo., USA
  • Joe Vinton, Digital Artist, Renderosity Artist of the Year, Burton, Trent, United Kingdom
  • Hans Wolfe, Middle and Upper School Visual Arts, Visiting Artist Coordinator, Art Department Chair, The Colorado Springs School, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA
  • Mercy Yeo, Professional Artist, Ann Arbor, Mich., USA (originally from Singapore) 

Learn more about the annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest by visiting

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., features a public Discovery Center including the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and from its Washington, D.C., office, conducts government affairs, publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

Pictured top: Winning artwork submitted by Stephanie Chen, of Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, N.Y., USA. She won the Space Foundation Achievement Award.

Pictured second: Winning artwork submitted by Armeen Jafry, Rongdhonu Art Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1st place, age 3-4 years.

Pictured third: Winning artwork submitted by Francesco Fernando Gregorio Zuñiga, Ateneo de Manila Grade School, Quezon City, Philippines, 2nd place, age 9-10 years.

Pictured bottom: Winning artwork submitted by Jenny Yoo, D-DIM Academy, Buena Park, Calif., USA, 2nd place, age 15-16 years.