Drum roll, please! The winner of the annual Smithsonian winter card contest has been announced. The winning design is a fitting symbol of the Smithsonian’s role in telling the stories of America.
The Smithsonian is an inspiring place, full of talented and creative people. Last year, Secretary Skorton began a new annual tradition that shares a bit of the wonder of working here with friends and colleagues across the globe in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year.
In October, the Smithsonian community was asked for help in designing the Smithsonian winter greeting card. We received many creative and imaginative submissions that captured the essence of the Smithsonian in art, animation and photographs.
We’re delighted to announce the winner, Agnes Yackshaw, an Information Desk volunteer at the National Museum of Natural History, who submitted her beautiful original oil painting, “A Buffalo in the Snow.”
Agnes explained that the iconic American bison, commonly called the buffalo, is a perfect symbol for this year’s Smithsonian greeting card.
- It’s our national mammal, so named by President Obama in April 2016.
- Several buffalo grazed the grounds of the Smithsonian Castle in the 1800s before being herded off to the National Zoo, where their descendants continue to be a popular attraction for visitors.
- The buffalo is extremely important to the history and culture of Native American tribal nations as demonstrated in multiple exhibitions and displays throughout the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall and at the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City.
- The buffalo is featured prominently in the National Museum of American History’s exhibition on westward expansion and the National Museum of African American History and Culture section on Buffalo soldiers.
- The buffalo is well represented in artwork at our museums, ranging from the sculpture of Frederic Remington to George Catlin’s paintings to pottery and engravings to the designs of stamps and coins.
“As part of the larger overall Smithsonian community of museums,” Agnes says, “the buffalo is very important not only to the Smithsonian but also to the United States of America!”
In a tradition they began years ago, Dr. Skorton and his wife, Robin Davisson, used this image as their inspiration for a haiku they wrote for the Smithsonian’s winter greeting.
“Robin and I are very grateful to be a part of the Smithsonian family,” Dr. Skorton says, “and we look forward to sharing with you all of the wonderful things that await the Institution in 2017.”
Start thinking now about your submission for next year’s contest and check out the rest of the 2016 finalists. Congratulations to everyone who submitted a design!
Winter Greeting Card Finalists
Submitted by An Almquist
Submitted by Daniel H. Davies
Submitted by Carolyn Eby
Submitted by Brad Jefferson
Submitted by Diane Kidd
Submitted by Joanne Leese
Submitted by Elizabeth Miller
Submitted by Brian Morris
Submitted by Amy Stenzel
Submitted by Libby Weiler
Submitted by Katherine Willard
Submitted by Agnes Yackshaw
Posted: 20 December 2016