Taking Flight

An International Juried Youth Bird Art Exhibition at MABA


Secretary Birds © Noah Chan (age 8)
Secretary Birds © Noah Chan (age 8)

The goal of this exhibition is to create a greater awareness and appreciation for birds while fostering the development of young artists and sharing their work with the public.

The annual Taking Flight contest is open to young artists age 4 to 18 of all skill levels. The exhibition of winners are displayed at MABA, typically in the fall and/or winter.

→ Submissions are currently closed ←

The next contest will start accepting submissions in late January 2021.


Previous Winners & Exhibitions


2019 Exhibition

Available Online
The 2019 exhibition features the works of 32 young artists selected from over 10 states as well as Colombia. Enjoy the virtual exhibition and profiles of these young artists! See it on our blog >

2018 Exhibition

November 10, 2018–March 31, 2019
The 35 artworks in the 2018 exhibition were selected out of 277 entries. Slideshow of 2018 winners >

2017 Exhibition

November 12, 2017-January 14, 2018
The 2017 exhibition featured 27 artworks that were selected out of more than 75 entries.

2016 Exhibition

September 23-December 11, 2016
Browse the online image gallery to see the artworks featured in the 2016 exhibition. View gallery of 2016 winners >