Artist StatementThe Kugelman Honors Program wanted a medallion for their students and they wanted it to show class, have weight, and overall represent the honors program for its values. The main values of the honors program are diversity, balance, achievement, and ambition. I wanted to represent these values through symbolism and through the use of icons seen around campus that students can relate to and are familiar with. I wanted the overall design to be balanced, unique, and refined in detail to allow the students in the honors program truly reflect their status at this university.
The first side of the medallion is the canon found on the canon greens in front of the library, and a Camilla; a common, beautiful flower found all over campus that also has its very own garden. The canon and the camilla are visually balanced the camilla is incorporated to add a sense of elegance. To me the canon symbolizes ambition and the camilla symbolizes diversity and growth. I feel that the historical artifact of the canon is a weapon that helped advance those who sailed the waters of the Gulf and it heightens their sense of ambition to get from point A to point B, and that's exactly what the honors students do. The blooming camilla represents the students' growth in academic achievement, the end of their journey at graduation, as well as the start of a new leaf after graduation. The flip side of the medallion is the Jason and the Argonauts ship and this symbolizes achievement. Our school's history and the history of our mascot all tie into this overall idea of achievement, so I felt the best way to represent this value in the medallion was The Argo. Furthermore, balance, diversity, ambition, and achievement are values all represented through the use of symbolism and icons in this medallion.
This piece of regalia represents all that the Kugelman Honors program stands for and I feel meets the clients needs. With using the University of West Florida branding and creating a design that is unique and refined in detail, I feel it is a more than suitable piece for the University of West Florida's Kugelman Honors Program.