University & College Seals
All our Plaques are made in the USA by American craftsmen.
WELCOME TO OUR PHOTO GALLERY OF UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE PLAQUES
Welcome to the University & College plaque page of the website of The Wood & Metal Plaque Company, a division of Art Sign Works, Inc. that specializes in designing and manufacturing custom plaques. This page provides a description and photo Gallery of our standard, custom, and personalized wall and podium plaques for universities & colleges and their departments, and presidents, deans, faculty, officers, and other personnel.
We design and carve a wide variety of custom and personalized hand-crafted wood and metal dimensional wall and podium plaques of seals, emblems, logos, memorials and awards. We offer the highest quality materials and workmanship, great customer service, short turnaround times (typically 30 days from order to shipment), and factory-direct affordable prices to university, government, commercial, non-profit and individual clients such as alumni and students. We also offer wholesale prices to retailers and re-sellers, and discounts for buys of 3 or more identical plaques. All our plaques are manufactured in the USA by Americans using American-made materials.
On this page we show a photo Gallery and descriptions of our custom and personalized carved dimensional wood and High-Density-Urethane (HDU) wall and podium plaques for universities and colleges. We have many styles and materials, and can make plaques in sizes from 10 inches to 10 feet in diameter. We have made plaques featuring great seals, logos, and emblems for over 100 public and private universities and colleges across the USA, many of which are shown on this page.
Photo galleries and descriptions of coat-of-arms, emblem and seal plaques for social and academic fraternities and sororities are shown in our Fraternities and Sororities web page. Plaques for private and public secondary schools, including college preparatory schools, academies, and high schools, are shown in our photo gallery Public & Private School Seals & Logos.
Plaques of the great seals for city, county, state and Federal governments (including Great Seal of the US) are shown in our Government section (for public universities) , and seals for Courts (for law schools) are shown in our Court section. Plaques for the five armed forces (Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard) , including their colleges and schools, are shown in our Military section (for Service Academies). These sections are listed in the pull-down menu under "Plaque Types" in the gold masthead above.
If you have questions on a specific type of plaque you are interested in, or you want information on our plaques or prices, you are always welcome to call Christie or Regina at 951-698-8484 or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond quickly.
In this gallery we display wall and podium plaques that we have made featuring seals, coat-of-arms, emblems and logos for universities and colleges. We also make large entrance and monument signs, building signs, way-finding signs, organization signs with photos, wall signs and door signs for universities and colleges. These signs are shown on our other website, www.artsignworks.com. Only wall and podium plaques are shown on this website.
We offer custom carved 2-D, 2.5-D, 3-D and engraved dimensional authentic wall plaques of all sizes, from 10 inches to 120 inches in diameter, which are made from multi-color painted carved High-Density-Urethane (HDU), wood (cedar, redwood, mahogany, oak, maple, cherry), and metal-coated HDU (brass, bronze, copper, silver-nickel, stainless steel, and aluminum). We will work with you to design and build the exact wall plaque you want. We can customize the size, shape, carving relief, text, materials, and color scheme of any plaque shown on this page, and we can make a custom plaque for ANY artwork you may have. Send us a drawing, a photo or a rough sketch of your badge, shoulder patch, or seal, and we will design and make a carved dimensional plaque to your specifications. We have a large library of existing 3-D and 2.5-D computer models that we use to carve these plaques, which greatly reduces graphic artist labor costs.The various styles of the plaques we make are described in our plaque STYLES section (click on "STYLES" on upper gold masthead to access pulldown menu). All our plaques are manufactured in the USA by American craftsmen.
We can also combine materials on a plaque. We often use Mahogany plaque boards and carve 3-D HDU appliques which are either multi-color painted or metal-plated, to mount on the Mahogany. We can cut out text and artwork from thin sheets of aluminum and mount these on 2.5-D Mahogany or cedar plaques with raised text and art; we call these metal-clad wood plaques. The contrast between the shiny metal and rough dark wood is striking. We often gild V-carved text of Mahogany plaques with 24K gold or silver leaf. We can also gild areas of painted HDU plaques, usually raised text and art. We also make separate cut-out metal, stained wood and painted HDU letters. We can provide a 3-D bas-relief cast bronze and aluminum memorial or living person plaque featuring the face or figure of a president, dean, benefactor, professor, etc. if we are provided a good photograph.
Although we show primarily painted High-Density-Urethane plaques on this page, we can make any plaque out of natural wood (stained) or put any of several types of metallic coatings/color schemes on them. We can also put digitally printed long-lasting full color vinyl (photos or very elaborate painted or digital art) as an applique on any HDU or wood plaque. For Organization Chart plaques, we make photo frames with glass covers where photos and names can be easily replaced when there are personnel changes.
PLAQUE RETAIL PRICES
Our plaques have wide variations in prices, depending on size and style. Fig. 6 below shows our three basic relief styles, 2-D flat relief , 2.5-D multi-level relief, and 3-D bas-relief. These can be made of different materials, including natural wood, artist-painted High-Density-Urethane (HDU) , metal-coated HDU, and acrylic. Our STYLE page describes these in detail. All 2000 photos of plaques on this website has a Style Category and a Price Code listed in the second or third paragraph in the text description under the photo (click on the photo or title to expand the photo and read the text to get the price code of that plaque, then look up the price for different size plaques with that style on the Price List at the bottom of the PRICE page).
Our lowest price economy 2-D plaques feature digitally-printed full-color giclee vinyl appliques mounted on a round or rectangular a solid wood or acrylic base. The retail prices for this type of two-dimensional (2-D) flat custom plaque are as low as $80 (acrylic base) to $120 (Mahogany solid wood base) for 10 inch diameter plaques. The same style plaques in a 18 diameter size have prices of $120 (acrylic) and $220 (Mahogany). These low prices assume we have made a previous plaque of the same artwork design (featured in one of our Galleries of over 2000 photos, including photos of 3-D plaques such as shown below), or for new artwork, that we are provided a print-ready JPEG digital photo or colored drawing of the artwork for the plaque (this can be a good high-resolution photo of an existing seal). These are styles 1.4.1 (Price Code EA, wood base) and 1.4.3 (Price Code EB, acrylic base) on our PRICE page, with examples shown on our 2-D Giclee Plaque web page.
Our carved 2.5-D multi-level or engraved hand-crafted and artist-painted plaques have prices about twice that of the 2-D flat plaques with giclee printed art. These prices depend on the size, material, carving complexity, and number of colors. Prices for custom carved 18 inch diameter 2.5-D artist-painted HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $240 to $370. Prices increase with size. The PRICE page gives prices for carved 2.5-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors. About 70% of our university or college seal plaques are carved in 2.5-D multi-level flat or engraved relief, using High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are very popular and look great. Many times the artwork provided to us for custom seals does not benefit from 3-D rendering, and we recommend a 2.5-D relief carving which looks nearly as good and is about 2/3 the price. Our 2.5-D relief plaques carve faster and are much faster to paint than 3-D bas-relief plaques, so they have lower prices. Most of our military and many of our government and corporate plaques are also carved in 2.5-D relief.
Our premium plaques are carved in 3-D bas-relief, using wood (usually Mahogany, Cedar, or Redwood), or High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are higher- priced carved 3-D bas-relief artist-painted plaques, and have prices about 3 times that of the 2-D plaques. These are very high quality plaques, which usually feature complex seals, and are often displayed on the entrance to a college building, in an entrance lobby, in a conference room or auditorium, or in a college President's or Dean's office. Prices for 18 inch diameter 3-D artist-painted or bronze, brass or silver-plated HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $380 to $560. Prices increase with plaque size. The PRICE list gives prices for carved 3-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors. These high-quality plaques may require from 8 to 24 hours of machine carving time, and then 6 to 8 hours of artisan work to hand-sand and artist-brush paint or metal polish them. They are unique works-of-art for our most discriminating clients.
Fig 6 - We make plaques in three different styles of relief, as shown above. Engraved plaques are in the same price category as 2.5-D relief plaques. Prices increase from left to right.
CONTENTS OF UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE PLAQUE PHOTO GALLERY
This Gallery contains photos and designs of wall and podium plaques of the seals, coat-of-arms, emblems, and logos of universities and colleges. These plaques can be placed either indoors or outdoors. Smaller ones (12 to 24 inches) can be placed on a podium or the wall of a hallway or the President's, Dean's, or faculty offices. Large ones (24 inches to 10 feet in diameter) are can be mounted indoors in an entrance lobby, auditorium, or gymnasium. Outdoors plaques can be mounted on an entrance sign to a college, on a wayfinding sign, or on the side of a main administration or student union building. We paint our plaques with long-lasting two part polyurethane acrylic Matthews paints (similar to automotive type paints) or for metal, 30 year real metal plating. Our wood plaques can be stained with MinWax stains and then clear-coated. All our plaques, both inside and outside, are clear-coated twice with Matthews clear, which is UV, moisture, oxidation, and graffiti resistant.
This Gallery is organized approximately alphabetically (beginning with "A") by the name of the university or college. Please use the pull-down menu for "Plaque Types " in the gold masthead above to go to any of the other 24 customer-oriented photo galleries of our plaques.
PLEASE CONTACT US
Please call or email us for a price quote on a specific plaque. We will work with you to design and build the exact plaque you want. Our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie and Regina, will respond to your request promptly. Call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at email@example.com. Or, you can fill out and submit our on-line Request a Quote form. We would like to make your plaque, and we are confident that you will be pleased with it. We take great pride in every product we make for our valued clients. We offer a 2 year warranty on all our products, and our indoor plaques will last many decades without degradation.
You can view the bottom of the page using the slider on the scroll bar in the right margin. You can click on a photo or a title of a photo below to see an expanded view and a description of that plaque. You can return to this page by clicking on Return to List on the bottom left of each plaque title or description, or by using your back browser button. You can go to another Section or Gallery page by clicking on an item in the pull-down menus in the gold masthead at the top of this page.
You can search for a specific plaque type (e.g., "FBI" ) by entering the key word in the search box in the upper right of the gold masthead. You can view a list and use the navigation bar for all 24 Gallery types by viewing the silver box on the left side of the Home page. You can view a description of different plaque styles by going to the Plaque Styles section. To request information, a design, a quote, or to place an order, click on the text (e.g., "contact us", "get a quote", "send a file" or "place an order") in the upper right of the gold masthead at the top of this page. All prices are given on the "Prices" page in the gold masthead.
For more information on design options, prices and delivery times, please call us at 951-698- 8484 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives Christie and Regina will be pleased to help you.