Andrea Gomez, a junior and graphic design major in the University of Florida’s College of the Arts, has been named the winner of UF’S first President’s Holiday Greeting Card Contest.
There were two runners-up: Jennifer Adler, a doctoral student in interdisciplinary ecology in the School of Natural Resources & Environment; and Shannon Brown, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
UF students were invited in September to submit original artwork in all media for the competition. UF President Kent Fuchs and his wife, Linda Fuchs, chose the winner and runners-up after a committee of six UF faculty and staff members recommended finalists and semifinalists from 87 submissions, including digital illustrations, watercolors, photographs and drawings.
“It was a difficult decision for us because so many of the submissions were outstanding, reflecting the remarkable artistic talent of students across our university,” Kent Fuchs said. “In the end, we chose the three submissions that we felt most beautifully represented the holiday season, the uniqueness of our university and the beauty of North Central Florida.”
As the winner, Gomez will receive a $500 prize. Adler and Brown will each receive $250. Their winning entries will appear at www.president.ufl.edu after the holiday cards are sent out in early December.