The University of New Mexico Seal Committee has opened the voting process for its new seal representing the past, present, and future of UNM. Four finalists and their respective seal designs have been selected by the Seal Committee for public input.
The public is asked to review and rank each of the five seal designs for consideration. A fifth design, a commercial seal, was created in 2014 and has served as the University’s interim seal since spring 2017. It too is included as part of the voting. The review and voting period has been extended and will be open through Friday, Feb. 7.
“We are excited to enter the public comment phase of the seal design process,” said Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Dr. Assata Zerai. “We look forward to input from our various constituencies across the state as a seal that is reflective of our diverse cultures is chosen.”
A university seal is not a logo, but an official mark that is used on official insignia, diplomas and other official documents. The goal of the seal committee is to choose a design that reflects UNM academic mission or the history and future of New Mexico’s flagship institution and also celebrating the many cultures which coexist within the state.
The four selected designs, chosen by the committee via a blind review, are accompanied by a Statement of Intent by each artist describing their design and how it represents UNM. The public can also learn about each artist and their connection to New Mexico on the Meet the Artists page.
After the voting period concludes, the Seal Committee will meet to summarize public comment and vote. Afterward, the Seal Committee will make a recommendation to UNM President Garnett S. Stokes, who will present the finalists to the UNM Board of Regents during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The UNM Board of Regents is ultimately responsible for selecting the new UNM Seal. This Call for Design submissions in no way requires that the Board of Regents choose one of the submitted designs.
The Seal Committee design process began in early-October with a call for submissions followed by two artist workshops to provide guidelines for the design and submission process. Artist renderings were due in mid-November with final, camera-ready designs due in mid-January. The committee then selected the semifinalists.
To provide feedback, visit UNM Seal Design Voting and Recognition.
For more information on the process including Project Intent, Submission of Work, Seal Committee Work and Voting and Recognition, visit UNM Seal Design.