Friday, March 15, 2013
Four of the five finalists in the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest are from the University of West Georgia. The public is asked to vote for their favorite design at www.ajc.com/peachtree starting today, March 15, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2013. Each person can vote once per day until April 30. The winner will be announced when the first runner crosses the finish line and receives their official t-shirt on July 4, 2013.
This is the fifth consecutive year that UWG students have been selected for the contest. As in previous years, the students are in a “professional practices in design” class taught by Clint Samples, an Associate Professor in Art. The four students are Katie Pettus, a senior majoring in photography; Justin Dunbar, a senior majoring in art education; Hannah Sanders, a senior majoring in art education; and Kayla Marston, a junior majoring in graphic design.
Samples said that the students worked to support one another through class critiques. "As a class, we submitted a lot of strong designs this semester, and we had four or five critiques throughout January and early February,” said Samples. “The critiques allowed the students to basically serve as their own focus group. They weren't shy in telling each other what worked and what didn't design-wise.”
“I decided to do an abstract painting of the flag, and hidden in the flag are images of people running,” said Sanders. “The Shepherd Center’s Wheelchair Division is an important aspect of the race, so I wanted to be sure to include that in the painting as well.”
“I wanted to incorporate the Atlanta skyline into my design as well as the image of a peach,” Dunbar said. “I worked to merge the two into one image, as well as incorporating the definitive red, white and blue colors.” Dunbar is the first male student at UWG to be chosen for the contest.
“I definitely wanted to focus more on a very artistic version of a peach,” Marston said. “I created a stamp from my painting, made a negative of the stamp and then digitally refined the painting on the computer.”
“I wanted to incorporate the most important images of the race to me, the Georgia peach and the Fourth of July,” said Pettus. “I decided to try and incorporate the peach into the American flag, and after several attempts, I created a cohesive design.”
“Many of the students including some of the finalists, have never done anything like this before,” said Samples. “Some were hesitant in the beginning, but I told them just to work hard and to do their best because you never know what will happen. It's a great experience for them all. I'm proud of them and hopefully we will have another UWG art student as a winner this summer."
Photo From L to R: Hannah Sanders, Justin Dunbar, Kayla Marston, Katie Pettus