colored pencils on paper; 9×12”

“This piece is more than just a drawing; it is meant to show what people aren’t seeing and what a bad interaction with a police officer and a young African-American person looks like. The scene takes place in a small trailer neighborhood, depicting a small African-American child being confronted by a police officer. The ground is all green except the small patch of gray dead grass where the officer is standing.“

ARTIST BIO: The Gifted and Talented freshman art students of Megan Smarda, art teacher at Winton Woods High School in Forest Park., have participated in the SOS ART show for many years now and are always greatly inspired by the artworks submitted each year. Their participation in this show greatly inspires them to create their own concepts around Freedom, Peace and Justice and what this means to them in this day and age. The pandemic this year has proven to create many challenges for these students. Struggling with virtual/blended learning, limited art supplies, and limited exposure to the “art community” of a classroom, they have prevailed and feel like they are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. They are all so happy to be back in school and appreciate the art classroom all the more.