Today (Tuesday), co-chairs Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Rep. Dean Urdahl, of Grove City, and other members of the Civil War Commemoration Task Force presented the winning design from the task force’s logo contest and introduced the artist who created it: Michael Campbell of Chanhassen.
Nearly 50 logo contest entries were submitted. Campbell’s eye-catching red, white and blue design was chosen because of his unique use of Civil War images that clearly capture the connection between the war and Minnesota – exactly what the Civil War Commemoration Task Force asked for in the statewide contest guidelines.
Campbell combined key identifying elements and thoughtful subtleties to create a crisp logo that will be Minnesota’s official symbol for the Civil War’s 150th anniversary. As the winner of the Civil War Commemoration Task Force logo contest, Campbell will receive a one-year membership to the Minnesota Historical Society and two books: The Last Full Measure by Richard Moe and Brother of Mine: The Civil War Letters of Thomas and William Christie.
Urdahl, who has written a trilogy of books pertaining to Minnesota events during the Civil War, said the subtleties within Campbell’sdesign are natural story-telling portals.