Art Hedlund Student Model Making Competition

What is the Art Hedlund Student Model Making Competition?

APMM’s Student Model Making Competition is the only competition of its kind that provides students in model making, industrial design technology or a related field, the opportunity to enter a model for review by a panel of experienced professionals. The student model makers who are selected as winners in the various categories are eligible for recognition, professional-level conference registration at the next APMM gathering and cash prizes!

Our competition for students to submit their best work began at the very first Conference, highlighting APMM’s support and encouragement of students. The idea was that students who produce work for their courses are often exhibiting talents and abilities that prepare them to be excellent model makers, and the Conferences are the best place to meet and identify these emerging model makers.

We’ve watched many of our SMMC alumni become talented professional members of the APMM – with some receiving internship and employment offers right at the Conference. Many return for Conferences as professional attendees, and even take on leadership roles in the APMM.

Arthur Hedlund, Jr. 1928 - 2006

Who Was Art Hedlund?

In the late '80's, Professor Art Hedlund started a model making program at Bemidji State University, supplementing an existing degree program in Industrial Arts Education. The new program included classes introducing the basic skills for model making, with emphasis on accurately interpreting documentation, finish work, safe tool-use and meeting deadlines. Core classes included woodworking, hot and cold metalworking, "industrial synthetics" (working with solid plastic stock, thermoforming, RTV molding, resins, injection molding, etc.), technical illustration, manual and computer drafting, and electronics and also included classes on managing both a project and a model shop.

Art always made sure the students kept a real-world job mindset. What the "client" wanted was the model maker's primary concern, and he said missing a deadline would result in not getting paid and therefore should result in failing the course. Sometimes a student could plead extenuating circumstances (sometimes involving Northern Minnesota winter weather) and avoid that, though.

Besides teaching technical skills, Art tried to make sure the students grasped the artistic and design elements of model making, like slightly dulling the specified material colors for small-scale architectural and other models so they wouldn't look like toys, or airbrushing subtle color transitions onto models of natural things.

While there were very few women in the model making program, and a lot of small-town guys who weren't prepared to deal with them as colleagues and competitors, Art made sure everyone in the program was treated with respect, given the same opportunities for paid work from local clients, and were fairly considered for internships. Many students were offered jobs after their internships but before they graduated, and Art encouraged them to finish their degrees first in order to maximize their future potential. A lot of current model shop managers and people who were able to move up in their companies are probably grateful for getting that advice.

Art was instrumental in establishing the model making program at BSU and is remembered as “a great professor and a student-oriented person.” Professional model makers recall being mentored and advised by Art, and of his lasting positive influence on their careers.

In 2006, our competition was renamed The Art Hedlund Memorial Student Model Making Competition (SMMC) recognizing the significant contributions of Mr. Hedlund as a teacher, mentor and guide for aspiring model makers.

What Can I Gain by Entering the Competition?

Your entry will be viewed by 150+ professional model makers who will attend the biennial APMM Conferences. Many hiring managers and company directors will be at the conference to assess the ability and talent among soon-to-graduate students.


APMM awards prizes of $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place. 

Each winner will also receive a set of digital calipers, free registration to the next APMM conference and a certificate of merit.
As a competition winner, photos of your model and information about you will be featured on the APMM website following the competition. Images of your winning project will be also be permanently included in the Art Hedlund Student Model Making Competition archives, hosted on APMM's website.

What are the Competition's Categories?


Residential and commercial building exterior or interior, plant layout, landscaping, monuments, mega-structures, landscape, park design, theme parks


Special effects, set design, character development, diorama


Trade show, museum displays, merchandising, POP (point of purchase) display systems

Product Design, Working Prototypes & Engineering Models

Functional examples of manufactured products, piping models, factory, power plant, consumer goods, electronics, appliances, toys


Cars, trucks, planes, aerospace, boats, trains, bicycles, wheelchairs

Virtual / Non-Traditional (Models that do not have mass)

Electronic file format entries into the Virtual category require the entrant’s presence at the Conference along with all equipment and expertise necessary to display the entry to the judging panel. Electronic model files should include an accompanying printout with explanations of the entry.

Open Category

For models that don't fit any of the other categories.

While we always prefer to see a physical model, virtual or non-traditional models (without mass) are also eligible for entry.

Depending on the number of entries in each category, certain similar categories may be combined.

All categories may not be awarded prizes, but every model will be judged.

What Does It Cost to Enter the Competition?

If you are a student member of the APMM (either on your own or through your school), you are eligible to enter at no additional cost. If you are not currently a member, you must become a member of the APMM. Student membership is $30/year.

What are the Official Rules and Guidelines?

Student(s) enrolled in college-level curriculum at an accredited university or college must have completed the model during their course of study within the past 18 months. Student(s) must be a current APMM Student member (Education Memberships included) or become a member to enter the competition.

Student(s) must e-mail the Online Competition Registration Form (pdf) to [email protected] not later than February 26, of the conference year. Group projects will be accepted in all categories. Cash prize will be divided equally among all members of the group.

All registered entrants must send two high-resolution (300 dpi) images of their model to Samanthi Martinez at [email protected] by March 1 of the conference year. These images will become part of APMM archives, and may be used for future publications.

Registrant is responsible for packing, insuring and shipping entry to and from conference venue. If you will not be present to unpack and prepare your model for presentation, you will need to make arrangements with someone coming to the conference to do so on your behalf. APMM staff or officers will not be responsible for preparing your entry for the competition.

The model must be strong enough to be handled, for assessment and judging. It should be durable enough to be packed, shipped and displayed. Finishes should be considered carefully to ensure that they will not be damaged in transit, and wherever possible, ‘mechanical’ fixings should be used. Where appropriate, models should be made up of sub-assemblies (avoiding the use of glue) to enable safer shipping and ease of making.

It is important to represent the materials of the original design convincingly. Sometimes it may be suitable to use the same materials (timber, aluminum etc), but mostly, you will need to develop ways to mimic finishes at scale.

What else should I know?

If you decide to attend the conference, you can take part in two days of hands-on and demonstration workshops and presentations alongside professionals in the field. We will also host a series of portfolio review sessions for you to have your education/training, experience, and projects reviewed by professionals in your chosen field or concentration.

There is a cost associated with attending the conference, but as a student your registration rate, which includes some meals during the event, is just $250 (professionals pay $650) and even that amount can be reduced further if you qualify for a scholarship or can work as an assistant at the conference.

Contact Samanthi Martinez at [email protected] for more details on scholarship availability.

You can’t win unless you enter!

2018 Art Hedlund Student Model Making Competition

One of the highlights of our gatherings is to meet and get to know some of the rising stars in model making. This year was no exception, as we had good attendance by students and recent graduates and an exciting array of student models. The judges had a tough time selecting the winners from this excellent bunch.


1st Place - Steve Ward, AUB, "The Pooper Scooter"

2nd Place (tie) - Sarah Crystal, AUB, "Lockheed Lounge”

2nd Place (tie) - Julia Hartwanger, AUB, "Bleriot's Monoplane"

3rd Place - Harry Quarendon, AUB, "Motorola Portable Phone


Marshall Coope, AUB, "Nomos Table"

Jasper Cousins, AUB, "Dali's Elephant"

Jack Hazell, AUB, "Mike Wazowski Stop Motion Puppet"

Linsey Jones, NWTC, "Wonder Woman Shield"

Josh King, AUB, "Electric Guitar"

Martha Lucas, AUB, "The Original Sony 'Walkman'"

Ollie Smither, AUB, "Rolleiflex Camera Replica"

Alex Stewart, AUB, "San Pietro in Montorio"

Lauren Taylor-Heaton, AUB, "Hidden Spy Camera"


1st Kester Freeman, AUB, for Butterfly Life Cycle

2nd (tie) Marcus Johnson, AUB, Construction Robot

2nd (tie) Stephen Ward, AUB, Lunar Rover

3rd (tie) Jonas Rochinas, AUB, Ducati Paginale 1199

3rd (tie) Krystal Duffy, AIS, Krystalized Comfort


1st Tom Anderson, AUB, White Whale

2nd Tom Hughes, AUB, T Rex

3rd Sadie Stanton, AUB, Manted Fly


1st Darwin Seeger, Bemidji State, Superfly 100 Mountain Bike

2nd Max Broman, Bemidji State, for R2-D2 Astromech Droid
(photo unavailable)

3rd (tie) Ernest Ang, Bemidji State, for Ping Pong Table

3rd (tie) Dawn Stephens, “Early” Salt + Pepper Shakers


1st Joshua Munchow, Bemidji State, Tri-Axial Tourbillon

2nd Shun Takahashi, Storage High Heel

3rd Michael C. Latzke, Bemidji State, Flying Bike with Rider


1st Christian Bennes and Daryl Davis, Bemidji State, Oil Well Pump

2nd Daryl Davis, Bemidji State, The Helm of Gimli

3rd Peter Fusco, NWTC, R2D2


Caliper Awards (granted by category)

Exhibit: Steven Barns, Michael Pauly and Thomas Sorenson, NWTC, Manitowoc Crane Model 21000

Transportation: Jason Laux, NWTC, Car Transport

Product: John Angeli, Bemidji State, High Lift Jack





2002 Silver Springs, MD AWARD WINNERS

Top Award Addy Widjaja

Best of Show Addy Widjaja

Best of Category (Architectural): Addy Widjaja

Best of Category (Product Design): Arthur Ward

Best of Category (Other/Group Projects) James Elliot, Mike Gofman. Mike Dwyer

Most Innovative: Rebecca Hayes

2001 Pasedena, CA AWARD WINNERS

1st Randy Kinser

2nd (tie) Brian Dugas, Peter Miro

2000 Cincinnati, OH AWARD WINNERS

1st David Domanski

2nd (tie) Tommy Lucas, Robin Krieg

1999 Grand Rapids, MI AWARD WINNERS

Best of Show

Jared Hamilton
Scott Divers
Eric Thompson
Anna Marietta
Paul Wraa
William Lambrechts

1998 Seattle, WA AWARD WINNERS


1997 Redondo Beach, CA AWARD WINNERS

Student Winners

Environmental: Hideki Nakashima
Miniatures/SFX: Michael J. Falcony, Harry Hoselton, Jedd Hearcey
Product: Randy Miller
Transportation: Justin Sands
Architectural: Jun Meguro

Student Best of Show

Michael J. Falcony
Harry Hoselton
Jedd Hearcey

Professional Winners

Scott Lukowski
Luke Lukowski
Pat Gillian
Gayle Rodgers

Professional Best of Show

Scott Lukowski
Luke Lukowski


Student Winners

Transportation: Ryan Nilsen
Product Design: Ryan Nilsen
Engineering/Scientific: Pamela Schroeder
Environmental: Matt Thonen
Miniatures/SFX: David Lark

Student Best of Show

David Larkin and Ryan Nilsen (tie)

Professional Winners

Craig Martin
Earl Rautenstrauch
Thomas McMahon

Professional Best of Show

Thomas McMahon

1995 Milwaukee, WI AWARD WINNERS

Student Winners

Transportation: Leigh Collyer and Brian Gross
Engineering/Scientific: David Lark
Product Design: Paul Petri, Scott Lucowski

Student Best of Show

Paul Petri, Scott Lucowski

Conference Foam Off

John Kammerer (student)
Chad Stuemke (professional)

Professional Winners

Jim Dore
Ed Gross
Duane Martinez
Will Neeley






Known by the APMM Board as the “Great Static Electricity Discharge Event of 2006 at APMM HQ”, we’ve lost some history and need your help to rebuild! If you are a past winner, or have records or photos of past winners, please get in touch with [email protected]