PHILADELPHIA - Pick up a copy of Franklin Field Illustrated at Saturday's football game and check out the artwork ofJonathan B. Jacobson C'83 and James D. McKibben, who won the FFI Cover Contest presented by Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar.
The design by Jacobson and McKibben was selected from submissions sent in by fans over the past six weeks.In addition to their artwork on the cover of the game program on Oct. 10, the pair also receives a $100 gift card to Harvest Seasonal Grill and will be recognized on the field at halftime.
Q&A with the Winners
1. What was it about this contest that interested both of you? Why did you want to take part
Jonathan is a Penn alumnus and an avid Penn football fan; James is a professional graphic designer. We were excited when we learned about the contest on PennAthletics.com and thought our combined inputs might result in a successful cover.
2. How did the collaboration process work? Who came up with “Sheep Shearing Today”
The concept and initial sketch for the cover were Jonathan's, and James created the final artwork. “Sheep Shearing Today” was Jonathan’s idea. The collaboration was ideal, because neither of us could have completed a viable entry without the help of the other.
3. Was this your first idea, or were there multiple versions before you submitted?
Fordham’s mascot is the ram, and a ram is a male sheep. From the start we envisioned the statue of young Franklin as a shepherd leading the Fordham ram onto Franklin Field, with Franklin’s walking stick naturally transformed into a shepherd’s crook. We sketched and considered a couple of variations on this theme before deciding on this version. The “Sheep Shearing Today” sign on the gate came once we had the final layout in place.
4. Any anecdotes from the creation process?
We wanted to incorporate a clever and humorous concept as well as a visually appealing illustration in our cover design; we also wanted the stadium itself to play a key role in the design. Ultimately, we wanted our cover to pay tribute to the wonderful Franklin Field Illustrated covers of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. We are honored to have become a small part of that great tradition.
5. Any favorite Penn football memories?
Having attended Penn football games since his student days, there have been plenty of fond memories for Jonathan. The very first Penn game he attended was the Quakers’ 24-13 victory over Columbia in 1980, which snapped Penn’s 17-game winless streak— an auspicious way to begin following Penn football. But the most memorable game by far—and arguably one of the most thrilling in Penn football history—was the 23-21 defeat of Harvard in 1982, during his senior year, which gave Penn a share of its first Ivy League championship since 1959. Anyone at Franklin Field that day will never forget the emotional rollercoaster of the fourth quarter.
6. What is your connection to Penn like today?
Jonathan has witnessed every Penn-Yale football game (home and away) and every Penn Homecoming game since his sophomore year, so this season will extend both those streaks to 36 consecutive years. Both of us have graduate degrees from Yale, which is where we met. Even though we sometimes find ourselves sitting on the home side at the Yale Bowl, there is no question that the team Jonathan roots for is the one in Red and Blue.
Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar is located at 40th and Walnut , and provides seasonally inspired steak, poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes prepared with local and organic foods in a casual but upscale environment.
Kickoff at Franklin Field is set for 1 p.m., as the Quakers take on the Fordham Rams. Tickets to the game can be purchased here. For those that can't make it, the game will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.