This year's official ornament, featuring University of New Mexico's Zimmerman Library and benefiting the UNM Parent Association Scholarship Fund, is now on sale at all UNM bookstore locations. The ornament, which pays tribute to Pueblo Revival architectural style, was designed by artist, Jana Fothergill, senior graphic designer for University Communication and Marketing.
Fothergill, who received her B.F.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been a commercial artist working with graphic design and illustration since college.
"Designing an ornament is a time-consuming but simple technique," said Fothergill. "First I draw the image by hand, and then I scan it into Illustrator to add color. The frame is always in a southwestern motif, because it fits with our architecture."
Zimmerman Library, the fourth in a series of holiday ornaments, was designed by John Gaw Meem, who introduced the Pueblo Revival architectural style that still guides campus construction today.
"With our beautiful campus and the varied cultures of N.M., I'm never short of inspiration," said Fothergill. "That's why it's so much fun making these ornaments."
The UNM Bookstore will host Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Friday, Dec. 2 from 12 – p.m. and Fothergill will be on hand to sign the ornaments at the main campus location.
Previous ornaments, "University House" (2008), "The Duck Pond" (2009) and "UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel" (2010), are available at the UNM Bookstore on main campus and also the Medical/Legal Bookstore on north campus for $18.89 (in honor of UNM's founding year).
The ornaments are available at the UNM Bookstore and the Lobo Den, located in The Pit.
All proceeds benefit the Parent Association Scholarship Fund.