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ajc.com Wants Your Vote

Clint Samples, assistant professor of art, and UWG art education majors Tiffany Spencer of LaGrange and Hannah Lucas of Rome, will compete for the coveted honor of having their original design worn by 55,0000 participants in the Peachtree Road Race on July 4.

Hannah Lucas's design

Design by Hannah Lucas, Art Education

All five designs will be published in the March 15 Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and readers can vote for their favorite tee shirt design online at the ajc.com site. Four finalists will be awarded $100 and the winning artist and design will receive a $1,000 prize.

Deadline for voting is April 30, but the winning tee shirt design will not be revealed until race day.

The Atlanta Track Club will feature the five designs online as well as the previous years’ designs on its website at http://www.atlantatrackclub.org. Online registration for the annual race will also begin on March 15.

“We are very excited to say the least,” said Samples. “These were chosen from more than 200 submissions.”

Clint Samples's work

Design by Clint Samples, assistant professor

The students submitted their designs as part of an assignment in a Digital Media for Artist class, Samples said.

“As for the process, we tried to create strong designs by blending studio practices with type,” Samples explained in an e-mail. “Mine served as a class demo, and we incorporated Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create the work. We really focused on design--and not submitting the first idea that was ‘cranked’ out. We designed and then critiqued as a class. Then we revised the designs and critiqued again. We were always nitpicking to get the designs correct.

"Digital Media for Artists is mainly a web design class with an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop at the beginning of the semester to get the students comfortable with the software. This was one of the first assignments, and I wanted to do something ‘real world’ related. We spent over a month tweaking designs.”

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