Geneva Student Creates Official NIU Holiday Card

Geneva Student Creates Official NIU Holiday Card

A Northern Illinois University student from Geneva is the winner of the university’s annual student holiday card contest.

Acting NIU President Lisa Freeman selected student artwork to showcase the incredible talent that NIU students possess.

Of the entries submitted for consideration, three are selected and the artists received scholarships for their winning designs. The first place entry will be featured as the official university holiday card.

Huskie Holidays

The first-place winner is Michelle Corkery, a senior visual communications major from Geneva.

She hopes to start off working in-house at a company as a graphic designer. Over the years through experience and networking, she hope to travel and explore different styles and types of both art and design around the world.

“My piece was inspired by my passion for digital mediums,” said Corkery. “I have always enjoyed creating my own graphics in illustrator to use for my designs. I am glad I had the chance to combine both art and design into this card.”

Huskie Holiday Preparation

The second-place winner was Lynn Corr, a jewelry design/design fabrication major from Sycamore. Corr would like to open a co-op studio for various artists and mediums, such as metals, ceramics, sculpture and more. She would also like to design and sell high-end art dolls and figures.

“One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the decoration and the overall excitement that most people get for the season,” said Corr of her inspiration for her artwork. “It’s a time for everyone to get together.”

NIU Sled Time


The third-place winners is Kimberly Ezzo, a junior psychology major from Plainfield. She wants to become a clinical psychologist and help people live with mental disorders.

I love being a Huskie and going to NIU, said Ezzo of her artwork, titled “NIU Sled Time.” “Winter is the best time of the year, and huskies are my favorite dog!”