Holiday Card Contest

Students were invited to submit an original artistic design to be used as the 2023 NIU holiday card to help spread warmth and good cheer to the entire community. The theme for this year's holiday card competition was to capture the spirit of campus life, winter and Huskie values. The winning entries were chosen because they depicted a community where everyone is welcomed, connected and embraced.

President Lisa Freeman has selected student artwork to showcase the incredible talent that NIU students possess. Of the entries submitted for consideration, three were selected and the artists received scholarships for their winning designs. Their work will be featured on the official NIU president’s electronic holiday card.

Congratulations to the 2023 winners!

Sadey Havel card

Celebrating Diversity

By Sadey Havel

Sadey Havel is Visual Communications major with a minor in Communication Studies from Appleton, WI.

"NIU thrives because of its diversity, especially the art program. When artists from different backgrounds come together, they bring with them unique perspectives and ideas. Therefore, it was important for me to create a card that would inclusively represent all of NIU."

(First place)

Grace Miccolis card

NIU's Winter Wonderland

By Grace Miccolis

Grace Miccolis is an Illustration major from St. Charles, IL.

"This piece was inspired by the beauty of the NIU campus, specifically the lagoon. The path around the lagoon is the perfect place to take a break and relax. Every time I walk that path, I see other students talking, laughing, enjoying each other's company, and people walking their dogs. I wanted my piece to showcase my favorite place on campus and the sense of community that I get when I see others walking around the lagoon too."

(Second place)

Eh Htoo card

Winter’s Embrace

By Eh Htoo

Eh Htoo is a pre-computer science major from Rockford.

"I aimed to create a piece that embodies my perception of NIU, and for me, Altgeld Hall holds that essence. My goal was to capture the serene moment when snow delicately blankets the building."

(Third place)

Contact Dr. Freeman

Office of the President
Altgeld Hall 300
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