For immediate release
13 November 1998
Ottawa—For the first time ever the National Aviation Museum’s annual juried competition in aviation art has focused on the medium of photography. Guided by the specified theme – “Faces of Flight”, photographers from across Canada entered a wide variety of works in very diverse interpretations of the theme.
Esteemed jury members: Malak Karsh of Ottawa and Bruce McAllister, Head Aviation photography, Canadair, selected the works of the three winners. First prize went to Rick Radell of Toronto for “Precision, Power and Performance”, second prize was awarded to Barry Johnson also of Toronto for ” July 1917: Planning the Attack” and René Price of Cornwall received the third prize for “Old Aerohead”.
The Art Flight Competition was established by the National Aviation Museum in 1991. Each competition is given a theme and subsequent years of the competition will continue to alternate between the media of photography and painting. In returning to the domain of painted works, Art Flight 99 will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Air Force, with the theme “Per Ardua Ad Astra”, (Through Adversity To The Stars), the moto of the RCAF.
Art Flight 98 will be on exhibit until March 1999, and visitors will also be able to take in the Pasmore Exhibition. This exhibit depicts the legacy of the Fairchild Aircraft Company in over twenty works of art commissioned by Mr. Godfrey Pasmore, son of former Fairchild president, Mr. Hubert M. Pasmore.
The National Aviation Museum, Canada’s premier aeronautical collection, and among the best in the world, is located at the intersection of the Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways in Ottawa. The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Thursday. The Museum is also open on holiday Mondays. Admission is free after 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Free parking.
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