Celebrating accomplishments of Blugold artists

| Judy Berthiaume

Blugold artists are making headlines this week for all the right reasons.

An iconic design

The Milwaukee Brewers are again using a logo created by Tom Meindel, who was an art student at UW-Eau Claire when he submitted it as part of a contest.

The Milwaukee Brewers are again using a logo created by Tom Meindel, who was an art student at UW-Eau Claire when he submitted it as part of a contest.

The Milwaukee Brewers announced this week that it is introducing a new logo and uniforms to celebrate the team's 50th season. The new logo is an update to its popular former logo, which was created more than three decades ago by a student at UW-Eau Claire.

Tom Meindel, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1978, submitted the logo design as part of a Milwaukee Brewers contest while he was still an art student.

Often described as one of the most iconic logos in sports history, the Milwaukee Brewers logo uses a lower case “m” and “b” to combine to form a baseball glove. The team used Meindel’s original design as its logo from 1978-93.

This week, the team announced that it’s returning to Meindel’s much-loved design, with just a few minor updates, such as changing the color from royal blue to navy blue.

Meindel, who passed away in 2018, and his design have been featured in many stories, including one by ESPN.

Grammy Award nominees

Also this week, Bon Iver — led by UW-Eau Claire grad Justin Vernon — was nominated for two of the three major categories for Grammy Awards.

Bon Iver’s fourth album, "i,i," is an Album of the Year nominee, and the album’s single, “Hey, Ma,” is a nominee in the Record of the Year category. The Album of the Year and Record of the Year awards are two of the three major categories for the Grammy Awards. Bon Iver also was included in two additional categories, for a total of four Grammy nominations.

Vernon earned a degree in religious studies from UW-Eau Claire in 2004.

Also named in the Bon Iver Grammy nominations is Sean Carey, a drummer and vocalist who earned his degree in music from UW-Eau Claire in 2007.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards show is Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

Top photo caption: Bon Iver, led by UW-Eau Claire grad Justin Vernon, received four new Grammy Award nominations.