watercolor and colored pencil; 18×24″

“I used Martin Luther King Jr. for my painting because he represents freedom, peace and justice and is inspirational to me. MLK Jr. wanted to end racism, segregation and racial discrimination so that all people can live together in peace. He is a superhero.”

WINTON WOODS HS BIO: Winton Woods City Schools partnered with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in its ‘Gifted and Talented Introduction to Art’ for ninth grade students to focus on projects upon the theme of “Freedom.” Under the guidance of art teacher Megan Smarda, students explored “what freedom meant to them.” They researched, investigated, thought in-depth about the question and created artistic solutions to their thoughts. The project became personal for the students and sparked great passion in them.