Sesquicentennial Jayhawks

Sesquicentennial Jayhawks

Jayhawks on Parade

To celebrate the University’s sesquicentennial—and the 70-year anniversary of Hal Sandy’s smiling Jayhawk—the Alumni Association reprised the popular 2003 Jayhawks on Parade and commissioned three Lawrence artists to create a new flock of ‘Hawks. Watch the videos below to get a sneak peek into each artist’s design.

The Jayhawks are currently on display at the Adams Alumni Center.

Rock Hawk by Cathy Ledeker

“Rock Hawk” is inspired by the historic architecture found on KU’s main campus. The design commemorates the University’s rich history through the symbols and strength of its classic architecture. It also honors a deep appreciation for the original artisans who used only simple tools, tenacity and vision to create powerful lasting legacies.

KU Songbird by Susan Younger

“KU Songbird” is a tribute to KU’s alma mater, “Crimson and the Blue,” which was written in 1891 by Professor George Barlow Penny. All three stanzas of the song are shown in a swirling, glass mosaic design that evokes movement and is reminiscent of a bandana, which pays homage to our Midwest heritage.

“KU Songbird” was purchased by Michael, p’89, and Eileen Burns, j’93, at this year’s Rock Chalk Ball. They have graciously agreed to loan the bird to the KU Alumni Association through September 30.

Sesqui-Hawk-Tennial by Stephen T. Johnson

With vibrant colors flowing through feathered brushstrokes, “Sesqui-Hawk-Tennial” celebrates the vital growth and diversity of the University of Kansas during its first 150 years.


Thank you to the KU Sesquicentennial Committee for their support of this project.

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