Lydia Nichols

contributor to 2 posters

  • A blue first prize ribbon surrounded by a goat, a pig, a cow, a rooster, a llama, a dog, and a sheep.


    The Finest Forelock

    Shari Hemsley’s poem succinctly captures the unlikely stars of the fair: the cloven hooved, the side eyed, the woolly and the feathery. Her words honor the animals as much as the thrill of the fair itself.

    It’s been a delight and an honor to participate in the Poster Project for a second time, fifteen years after the first. The project is a lovely reflection of the spirit of CNY as well as the people—and animals!—that live here.

  • These Syracuse Blues


    These Syracuse Blues

    Having been acquainted with Professor Arthur Flowers through his Sophomore Fiction class, I saw in his haiku a great amount of personality. I could imagine the timbre of his voice as he bellowed out each line and the passion with which he had written, “Soul red hot to burn.”

    I felt that the abstraction of Flowers' piece called for a certain level of simplicity in the illustration. It was my hope to embody the sense of winter in Syracuse and the beauty of music without too much extraneous visual information.

    The speech bubble coming from the man's saxophone is meant to do more than just convey the idea of music—it reveals the silhouette of Clinton Square and hopefully a feeling of warmth in spite of the cold