Join the Office of Alumni Relations for their fall celebration of talented Vandal artists as we showcase the work of Leo Ames. Light snacks will be provided and wine available featuring the Vandals Uncorked! program.
Ames was a second-generation Vandal. He first enrolled at U of I in the mid-1950s. He moved to California and served several years of alternative services as a conscientious objector during the Korean War. Ames and his wife, Lela, returned to Moscow in 1959 with their young daughter and he re-enrolled at U of I as a part-time student. In 1961, he began working part-time at the U of I News Bureau. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in art from U of I in 1965. In 1965, Ames became a full-time employee, eventually becoming head of the U of I Publications and News Bureau, and then creative director. Ames retired in 1995, after more than 34 years with U of I. He was a strong supporter of the College of Art and Architecture.
His contributions to U of I's legacy include hiring the designer who created the original U of I daisy logo and designing U of I's alumni magazine. He also designed the award-winning Vandal logo used by U of I Athletics for nearly 20 years, as well as the U of I centennial logo and all centennial print collateral and souvenirs.
Ames died in 2004, leaving a collection of more than 150 plein air oil and watercolor paintings, many sketchbooks, drawings and hundreds of photos.