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2017 Student Holiday Card Contest

Take advantage of the opportunity to be one of three artists who have their work featured on the official NIU President’s Holiday Card for 2017. Acting President Lisa Freeman will select student artwork to showcase the incredible talent that NIU students possess. Submit your original artwork on the website below for a chance to be chosen for this honor.

In past years the competition has been impressive. A few things to keep in mind when creating your design:

  • This is a holiday card. It should be joyful, seasonal and resemble cards you would find at your local retail establishment. 
  • This is from NIU. Recipients should be able to make a connection with the university immediately upon viewing the card. 
  • To support our mission to foster an inclusive community we encourage entries that reflect the diverse holiday traditions celebrated by our students, faculty and staff
  • Manipulation of the university logo is discouraged.

All 2D media is accepted (digital, photography, illustration, print, painting, drawing).

Submission Specifications

  • All art must be submitted as a pdf or jpeg file and include a .25” bleed.
  • Art must fit with a ratio that works with a 5” x 7” format.
  • When scanning art, keep in mind that you can send a low-resolution file. However, if your design is chosen, you will need to have a scanned file at 300dpi. 
  • Required: Submissions must be accompanied by a signed license agreement (PDF)

A tip for your design—remember to consider the print process and print size…close tones and thin lines do not always reproduce well for the final product.


November 30, 2017


  • First Place - $500
  • Second Place - $300
  • Third Place - $100

Contact Dr. Freeman

Office of the President
Altgeld Hall 300

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