Happy Holidays from NIU!
Each year President Doug Baker invites NIU students to submit original artwork for the official university holiday card.
Of the entries submitted for consideration, four were selected, and the artists received scholarships for their winning designs.
The Gift of NIU
Junior art & design education major from Sycamore, Illinois, Leyla Nora Puskar, hand painted her design in acrylic paint and edited it with PicsArt digital media. Leyla wanted to keep her design simple and playful to excite the childlike charm and memories of the holidays. After graduating from NIU, Leyla will focus on her hand crafted longboard business and on her art. “Art has always been part of my life. I pursue it each day with prowess and vigor. It is my vocation, my devotional practice and lifelong commitment.” (1st Place)
Mush to Greatness
Junior communications media studies major, Shannon Rae Jordan, created her design digitally. Shannon is a Morton West High School graduate from Stickney, Illinois, who wishes to pursue illustration, screen writing and web design. Her art combines the theme of the working sled dog with NIU students working toward greatness. “Tutors, T.A.s, and even many professors at NIU are alumni of the university and it really shows the ambition there is to lead the next generation to graduation.” (3rd Place)
Snow Day Snowball Fight
Senior photography major and Marian Catholic High graduate from Frankfort, Illinois, Amy Fleming, wanted to capture students coming together and doing something fun on a snow day when campus had closed. (2nd place)
Junior time arts major and computer science minor, Kristina Elmore, is from Kirkland, Illinois, and a graduate of Hiawatha High School. A two-time Holiday Card Contest finalist, Kristina plans to pursue a career in animation. Because, at NIU, the Holmes Student Center stands out even during a hard Midwestern snow, she placed the building in the center of the wreath. (Honorable mention)