Fermilab History and Archives Project
Fermilab History and Archives Project

A Lasting Mark: artist Angela Gonzales at Fermilab, 1967-1998

View the Angela Gonzales finding aid

This is an online version of an exhibit that was on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery on the second floor of Wilson Hall from June 1 through September 30, 2017. The original exhibit was designed by Georgia Schwender, Anne Mary Teichert, Valerie Higgins, and Lauren Biron with scanning and printing assistance from Cindy Arnold, Karin Kemp, and Kathy Saumell. This online version was created by Karin Kemp with assistance from Valerie Higgins.

Angela Lahs Gonzales was the 11th employee at Fermilab, then called the National Accelerator Laboratory. For more than 30 years, she was the aesthetic gatekeeper, influencing everything from buildings to typography.

Her scope was impressive. She designed the lab's logo; chose a color scheme for the site; drew decorations for walls; designed tables, desks, jewelry, and flags; illustrated posters and publications; and designed notepaper and announcements for special occasions, among many other things.

Her work displays complexity, humor, broad knowledge and artistic vision.

She celebrated the immense range of subjects probed in physics, from subatomic particles and human-scale structure to far-off galaxies. Sometimes all of these elements appear together in a single composition.

As Fermilab celebrates its 50th year, we are delighted to present this exhibit as a toast to the vision, efforts, creativity, and accomplishments of those who created this lab. Angela Gonzales' artwork captured the lab's spirit and provided a visual history of Fermilab's scientific exploration and discovery. Those who work here are grateful for the lasting mark she left.


Exhibit Guide

Wall 1: This wall contains a collection of highlights of Gonzales' work that show her range and talent.

Wall 2: This wall shows the innovative ways in which Gonzales incorporated concepts from particle physics and accelerator and detector technology into her artwork.

Wall 3: This wall is a single piece created by Gonzales showing various detectors at Fermilab.

Wall 4: This wall contains examples of designs Gonzales created for the lab's physical spaces.

Wall 5: This wall contains examples of designs Gonzales created for the lab's physical spaces and her depictions of physical spaces at the lab.

Wall 6: This wall shows the progression of several of Gonzales' designs, from rough sketches to the final printed image.

Wall 7: This wall contains a few examples of the many ways in which Gonzales used the iconic Fermilab logo she designed.

Wall 8: This wall highlights Gonzales' interest in historical imagery and patterns.

Wall 9: This wall contains examples of Gonzales' drawings highlighting the natural environment of the Fermilab site.

Wall 10: This wall contains artwork highlighting Gonzales' use of a vase motif and artwork for the annual runs with the director.

Wall 11: This wall contains miscellaneous images showing the wide range of Gonzales' work and her often imaginative, whimsical vision.

Wall 12: This wall contains designs for jewelry, a design for a costume, and images that depict small objects.

Wall 13: This wall contains two highlights of the exhibit: the Fermilab seal and the poster for Fermilab's 20th anniversary.

Wall 14: This wall contains images that use optical art techniques.

Wall 15: Angela Gonzales designed an enormous number of posters for Fermilab events. This is a sample of them.

Wall 16: Angela Gonzales designed a variety of covers and posters for Fermilab events. This is a sample of them.

Case 1: Publications with covers by Angela Gonzales.

Case 2: Miscellaneous objects and drafts of work by Angela Gonzales.

Case 3: Vase designed by Angela Gonzales. Loaned by Jackie Coleman.

Case 4: Some of Angela Gonzales's colorful contributions to the design of the lab.

Wall 1

This wall contains a collection of highlights of Gonzales' work that show her range and talent.

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Cover of High Energy Particle Interactions
in Large Targets. Volume 1: Hadronic
Cascades, Shielding, Energy Deposition
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c. 1975
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(Cauldron)
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Cover of Fermilab Annual Report (1990)
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Cover of Proceedings of the XVI International
Conference on High Energy Physics

(September 6-13, 1972; Chicago and Batavia,
IL), vol. 2

(Door) (Loaned by Janine Tollestrup)
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Cover of 1976 Summer Study: Utilization
of the Energy Doubler/Saver
, vol. 1
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(Space Telescope)
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(Fixed target area at night)
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Cover of Design Report: Tevatron Phase 1
Project
(1980)
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Cover of Fermilab Annual Report (1988) (Loaned by Janine Tollestrup)
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(Air Shower, vertical)
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Cover for Proceedings of the XVI International
Conference on High Energy Physics
,
(September 6-13, 1972), vol. 3
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Cover of Design Description of the External
Experimental Areas at Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory
(1974)
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(Air shower, diagonal)
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Cover for program for "Symposium to
Honor of Leon Lederman on the Occasion
of His Retirement as Director of Fermilab"
(1989) (Loaned by Janine Tollestrup)
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(Lighhouse with ship)
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Director's Statement Frontispiece from
Fermilab Annual Report (1989)
Future Directions in Particle and Nuclear Physics
Cover for Future Directions in Particle and
Nuclear Physics at Multi-GeV Hadron Beam
Facilities: A White Paper from the Workshop
held at Fermilab National Accelerator
Laboratory
(December 2-3,1994)
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Cover for Fermilab Annual Report (1989)

Wall 2

This wall shows the innovative ways in which Gonzales incorporated concepts from particle physics and accelerator and detector technology into her artwork.



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Cover forFermilab Annual Report (1981)
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Cover forFermilab Research Program Workbook (1972)
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Cover for program for Dedication of the Proton-Anitiproton Collider Tevatron I (1985)
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(Colliders)
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Cover for Fermilab Industrial Affliates Roundtable on the Science-Technology Spiral and the Pace of Progress (1988)
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Cover for Silicon Detectors for High Energy Physics: Proceedings of a Workshop Held at Fermilab (October 15-16, 1981)
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Cover of Proceedings of the 1976 DUMAND Summer Workshop University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 6-19, 1976)
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Back cover for 1977 Summer Study in 2 Volumes. Volume 2: Colliding Beam Physics at Fermilab: Detector Considerations, General Topics
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[SSC and Fermilab]
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Back cover of Fermilab annual report (1990)
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Cover of Fermilab Industrial Affiliates Tenth Annual Meeting, May 31 and June 1, 1990; Roundtable on Fermilab III, the Great Computer Debate and Technology for the Nineties
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Cover for Physics Opportunities for the Fixed-Target Tevatron Based on a Workshop Held at Fermilab July 24-31,1980
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Cover for Production and Detection of Intermediate Vector Bosons and Heavy leptons in pp and anti-pp Collisions (1977)
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Cover for Fermilab Electron Cooling Experiment Design Report (1978)
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Back cover of The Energy Doubler: A Progress Report for the Energy Doubler, Saver, Collider Project, 1976 June
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Cover for Fermilab Research Results (1978)

Wall 3

This wall is a single piece created by Gonzales showing various detectors at Fermilab.

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Tentative detector identifications, from upper left to lower right: 1. Chicago cyclotron magnet, 2. Halo counters, 3. E-1A liquid scintillator, 4. E-567, 5. 15-foot bubble chamber, 6. Tech division setup?, 7-12. Unknown

Wall 4

This wall contains examples of designs Gonzales created for the lab's physical spaces.

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Designs for Elevator Ceilings
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Designs for Elevator Ceilings
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Designs for Elevator Ceilings
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Designs for Elevator Ceilings
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Designs for Elevator Ceilings
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Cross Gallery Designs
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Cross Gallery Designs
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"De Propaganda Fide" doorway frame design
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"De Propaganda Fide" doorway frame design
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Cross Gallery designs
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Cross Gallery designs
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Wilson Hall 14th floor clean room tile designs
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Cross Gallery reception desks' designs

Wall 5

This wall contains examples of designs Gonzales created for the lab's physical spaces and her depictions of physical spaces at the lab.

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Large Space Telescope project design
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Large Space Telescope project design
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Large Space Telescope project design
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Large Space Telescope project designs
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Map of the Fermilab Village with colors of houses indicated
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Notes for Fermilab house colors
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Notes for Fermilab house colors
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Wilson Hall Mobius Strip
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Meson Laboratory Roof with publications
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Cover for Publications from Fermilab Experiments (1987)
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Meson Laboratory cutaway
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Tevatron with curtains

Wall 6

This wall shows the progression of several of Gonzales' designs, from rough sketches to the final printed image.

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Development of cover for Fermilab Report (April-May, 1986)
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Development of cover for Fermilab Report (April-May, 1986)
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Development of cover for Fermilab Report (April-May, 1986)
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Development of cover for Fermilab Report (April-May, 1986)
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Development of cover for Fermilab Report (April-May, 1986)
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Development of cover for Fermilab Annual Report (1984)
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Development of cover for Fermilab Annual Report (1984)
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Development of cover for Fermilab Annual Report (1984)
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Development of cover for TeV II Handbook (1986)
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Development of cover for TeV II Handbook (1986)
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Development of organizational chart
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Development of organizational chart
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Development of cover for Results from the Neutral Kaon Program at Fermilab's Meson Center Beamline, 1985-1997 (1997)
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Development of cover for Results from the Neutral Kaon Program at Fermilab's Meson Center Beamline, 1985-1997 (1997)
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Development of poster for "STIM at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Reflecting on Science, Technology, Information, and Medicine"
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Development of poster for "STIM at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Reflecting on Science, Technology, Information, and Medicine"
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Development of cover for Future Computing Needs for Fermilab (1983)
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Development of cover for Future Computing Needs for Fermilab (1983)
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Development of cover for Future Computing Needs for Fermilab (1983)
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Development of cover for Future Computing Needs for Fermilab (1983)
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Development of cover for Future Computing Needs for Fermilab (1983)
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Development of cover for Future Computing Needs for Fermilab (1983)

Wall 7

This wall contains a few examples of the many ways in which Gonzales used the iconic Fermilab logo she designed.

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Gonzales based the Fermilab logo on dipole and quadrupole magnets


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Logo design
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Development of cover for the Operations Guide
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Development of cover for the Operations Guide
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Development of cover for the Operations Guide
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Gonzales developed many different versions of the Fermilab logo
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Gonzales developed many different versions of the Fermilab logo
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Gonzales developed many different versions of the Fermilab logo
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Gonzales developed many different versions of the Fermilab logo
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Development of cover for Understanding and Using Computer Networks (1990)
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Development of cover for Understanding and Using Computer Networks (1990)
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Development of cover for Understanding and Using Computer Networks (1990)
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Development of cover for Understanding and Using Computer Networks (1990)

Wall 8

This wall highlights Gonzales' interest in historical imagery and patterns.

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[Assyrian relief figures with particle collisions]
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[Arch with hourglasses]
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[MINOS]
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[Fermilab Organization Chart]
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Cover for Fermilab Annual Report (1988)
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Cover for Fermilab Annual Report (1985)
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[Image for Leon Lederman's 60th Birthday]
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Cover for Friends of Fermilab Annual Report (1990)
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[Triangle design]
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Cover for Fermilab Industrial Affiliates Roundtable on Fermilab III, the Great Computer Debate and Technology for the Nineties (1990)
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Cover for Fermilab Annual Report (1982)
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[Logo with protons, anitprotons, and collisions]
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Cover for Conceptual Design Report: Neutrino Physics after the Main Injector Upgrade (1991)
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Cover for Report of the Group Study on the Electron-Proton Colliding Beam Facility for Fermilab (1979)

Wall 9

This wall contains examples of Gonzales' drawings highlighting the natural environment of the Fermilab site.

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Prairie Plants
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Prairie Plants
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Prairie Plants
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Prairie Plants
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Prairie Plants
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Wilson Hall with prairie plants
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[Wilson Hall with bird and accelerator in sky]
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Cover for Proceedings of the XVI International Conference the High Energy Physics (September 6-13, 1972), vol. 4
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[Wilson Hall with water cycle]
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Cover for Abstracts of Papers Submitted for the 1970 Proton Linear Accelerator Conference (1970)
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Cover for program for dedication of Lederman Science Education Center (1992)
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[Wilson Hall with city skyline and accelerator in sky]

Wall 10

This wall contains artwork highlighting Gonzales' use of a vase motif and artwork for the annual runs with the director.

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(Vase design)
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(Vase design)
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Development of cover for Illinois Science Academy: A Proposal to the State of Illinois
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Development of cover for Illinois Science Academy: A Proposal to the State of Illinois
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Development of cover for Illinois Science Academy: A Proposal to the State of Illinois
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Poster for 8th Annual Slow Run with the Director (1986)
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Poster design for Run with the Director event
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Poster design for Run with the Director event (1994)
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Poster design for Run with the Director event (1992)
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Poster design for Run with the Director event

Wall 11

This wall contains miscellaneous images showing the wide range of Gonzales' work and her often imaginative, whimsical vision.

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Wall 12

This wall contains designs for jewelry, a design for a costume, and images that depict small objects.

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Development of the cover for VAX
Cluster Users Guide
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Development of the cover for VAX
Cluster Users Guide
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Jewelry design sketches
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Jewelry design sketches
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Design for a costume inspired by Fermilab
and worn by Leslie Renfrow, Miss Illinois 1981
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Development of design for Fermilab
Emergency Preparedness Manual
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Development of design for Fermilab
Emergency Preparedness Manual

Wall 13

This wall contains two highlights of the exhibit: the Fermilab seal and the poster for Fermilab's 20th anniversary.

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Fermilab Seal
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Poster for Fermilab's Twentieth Anniversary (1987)

Wall 14

This wall contains images that use optical art techniques.

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Cover for Proceedings of the conference for
Illinois Teacher-Leaders in Mathematics,
Science and Technology Education, 1992, March 6-8
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Cover for Tiger Teams at Fermilab (1992)
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[Optical art logo]
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Back cover for Tiger Teams at Fermilab (1992)

Wall 15

Angela Gonzales designed an enormous number of posters for Fermilab events. This is a sample of them.



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Wall 16

Angela Gonzales designed a variety of covers and posters for Fermilab events. This is a sample of them.

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[Big Bang]
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Cover for Songs of Too Much Experience: Poems by Jane S. Wilson (1992)
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[Moon with accelerator designs]
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[Bison dining]
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[Air shower]
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Cover for Proceedings of the Gas Calorimeter Workshop:Fermilab, October 28 and 29, 1982
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History of the Universe poster
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[Aurora borealis with particle collision and moon]

Case 1

Publications with covers by Angela Gonzales.

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A variety of publications with covers by Angela Gonzales.
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A variety of publications with covers by Angela Gonzales, including two showing the development of the Energy Doubler (Tevatron).
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Publications of the Fermilab Industrial Affiliates with covers by Angela Gonzales. Loaned by Dick Carrigan.
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Publications of the Fermilab Industrial Affiliates with covers by Angela Gonzales. Loaned by Dick Carrigan.

Case 2

Miscellaneous objects and drafts of work by Angela Gonzales.

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Employee service awards designed by Angela Gonzales.
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Front of card from "Three Generations" exhibit at Fermilab featuring Curt Lahs, Ari Lahs, Angela Gonzales, and Olivia Gonzales. 1989 August-September.
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Back of card from "Three Generations" exhibit at Fermilab.
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Book of publication covers created by Angela Gonzales for Mizuho Mishima. Loaned by Mizuho Mishima. (Click on the image to open a PDF of the entire book.)
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Angela Gonzales's attention to detail is illustrated by her notes on the designs for these notecards.
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Angela Gonzales's attention to detail is illustrated by her notes on the designs for these notecards.

Case 3

Vase designed by Angela Gonzales. Loaned by Jackie Coleman.

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Case 4

Some of Angela Gonzales's colorful contributions to the design of the lab.

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Design for Wilson Hall elevator ceiling.
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Samples of paint used for Fermilab village houses.
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A panel from the ceiling of one of the Wilson Hall elevators.