acrylic; each portrait 10×10″

“I am currently a student in the ninth grade. My art piece is on police brutality and represents portraits of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor because in 2020, after their killing, people started recognizing this important and current issue. My paintings are a tribute to these two people victimized by police brutality.”

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.