WIU Foundation Holiday Card Designed by Macomb Native

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MACOMB, IL – Every holiday season, the Western Illinois University Foundation and the WIU Department of Art and Design select a student to design the Foundation’s annual holiday greeting card, with this year’s design created by Senior Studio Art major Kaylee Agans of Macomb.

A tradition for the past 10 years, this opportunity gives the student a chance to showcase their skills, as well as giving alumni and students a look at the their talent.

For her design Agans opted to utilize one of her favorite mediums, watercolor painting, to paint the Colonel Ray “Rock” Hanson bronze statue near Hanson Field on the Macomb campus.

“It’s an honor to have been selected as the artist for this year’s holiday card, and I had so much fun working on it, especially since we chose a new subject for this year’s card,” Agans said. “I knew many of the previous artists for the holiday card, so to have my work displayed next to theirs, makes me feel truly thankful and I’m so glad for the opportunity.”

In addition to showcasing her work on the holiday greeting card, Agans received a $500 honorarium from the WIU Foundation. Her original piece will be on display in the Foundation office following the holiday break.

“Each year, the wonderful faculty in our Department of Art and Design select a talented student to bring our annual holiday card to life, and we are so appreciative of the support we receive from our faculty and students,” said Brad Bainter, executive officer of the WIU Foundation. “We’re thrilled to add Kaylee to our collection of beautiful holiday prints, and we extend our gratitude to her for sharing her talents with us.”

Kaylee Agans, of Macomb, with her artwork for holiday card

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