International Year of Cuba Logo
--Art History and Visual Studies major, Fall 2018
"This image strives to evoke the strong sense of national pride Cubans associate with their unique landscape. When my Cuban grandmother is asked what comes to mind when she thinks of her country, she recalls the towering royal palm trees (their national tree which is featured on their crest), the stunning blue water, and the flag, which represents the pride and unity of the people. This logo honors that memory with a royal palm frond enveloping a silhouette of the Cuban coastline. The Cuban trogon soaring above the island is the national bird, which is revered since its feathers match the flag colors. The red heart shape on the bird’s chest contains the flag’s star signifying unity, and is also a reference to one of Cuba’s most famous songs, the Oscar-nominated “Siempre en mì Corazòn” (Always in my Heart) by Ernesto Lecuona." - Emilie Gill
During the fall and spring of 2017-18, the Office of International Programs held a contest for WKU students to design the logo for the upcoming International Year of Cuba. OIP received more than half a dozen submissions from WKU students, and the three finalists were released to the campus community for a vote. This design, by WKU graduating senior Emilie Gill, emerged as the winner and will serve as the visual anchor for the IYO throughout the year.