Acting President Lisa C. Freeman invites NIU students to submit original artwork for the official university holiday card.
Of the entries submitted for consideration, three are selected and the artists received scholarships for their winning designs.
Festive Little Huskie
Freshman fine arts major from Sycamore, Illinois, Oona Holtane, created her design digitally. "I remember how calming the campus can be while it’s snowing, especially around Altgeld Hall. I also wanted to incorporate a festive little huskie who, as our mascot, can make anyone smile." In addition to painting, Oona plans to include many aspects of art in her career such as animation, design and writing. (1st place)
Junior media studies and marketing major, Cameron Kirk, created his design digitally using Photoshop. Cameron is a Glenbard North High School graduate from Carol Stream, Illinois, who would like to be a filmmaker or storyteller. He hopes to work for a production company in a development or creative executive role to utilize his art direction, design and writing interests. The 2016 political division inspired Cameron's design. He conceptualized a snow globe to express that NIU faculty and students are all under one roof. (2nd place)
A Bright Future
Previous contest winner, Leyla Puskar, an art and design major, set to graduate in spring 2016. "My goals are to keep active in the art community, continue to make my art, try new things and push boundaries. The key is to keep learning, exploring and rising up to challenges." Her digital design, which also uses colored pencil, depicts a huskie dog looking up at NIU stockings. The stockings represent a bright future, which would not be possible without the presence of the parent dogs and NIU. (3rd place)
The Gift of NIU
Junior art and 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)
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)
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)