colored pencil; 9×12″

“I am currently a student in the ninth grade. My art piece is about immigration, more specifically on how immigrants are being treated and how people feel about them. It includes symbolism representing immigration, comments by people who call “us”, also images on how immigrants get treated and the border they try to cross to have a better life. I chose this topic because I know people, friends and family, who are immigrants, and I see how they are being treated. It’s something I can relate to.”

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.