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UWG poster sale to aid Japan
UWG poster sale to aid Japan

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A graphic design assignment at the University of West Georgia will also aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The final assignment in Graphic Design 2, taught by professor David Short, was to develop a social or political poster.

"With the timing of the disaster and it having such a profound effect on so many people, I thought, why not merge the two," Short said.

Kevin Shunn, chairman of the art department, gave the go-ahead for the fundraising effort. The seven students in Short's class developed and refined their designs; art professors then chose the top three pictures.

Those three will be reproduced and offered for sale starting Thursday, May 12 at the art department's offices in UWG's Humanities building. Only 25 prints of each design will be made.

Each of the limited, autographed editions will be $20. Money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Short worked with UWG's Art Student Union to set up the fundraising mechanism. Southwire, the primary sponsor of the effort, donated $1,750 for the printing cost.

Two Atlanta companies also helped; Imagers reduced its price for the print run, and 12oclockmedia donated $1,000.

All seven of the student posters will be exhibited in the UWG gallery from Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 27. A closing reception will be held on May 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kaley Sullivan, a junior from Blairsville, used a subdued image of the flooding and debris as the background for her design. A cherry blossom tree floats above the word "Hope."

"I wanted to show some of the destruction, but not be too 'in your face' about it," said Sullivan, 21.

For her, the cherry blossom represents Japan's ability to pull out of the tragedy with help.

"They can do this," she said. "Let's pull together and grow from this."

The iconic red and white Japanese rising sun dominates Casey Sherman's design. In silhouette are cherry blossoms, a garden and a Japanese temple.

The words are simple: RESTORE Japan.

"I have the sun in the background, symbolizing hope and restoration," said Sherman, 21, a junior from Newnan.

Words are the image in Ashley Schooley's design. In red is her message: "WIth your help and generosity, we can provide relief and help restore Japan. Come together, provide hope."

Words in gray say what actually happened in March. In white are the words associated with the destruction.

"I put them in white so they would recede, so you wouldn't really focus on that," said Schooley, 20, of Villa Rica.

In black are words associated with Japanese culture. All together, the words form the Japanese archipelago.

Short hopes to design more real world project in the future.

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"To me, it becomes critical to see projects in context," he said. "Design can make a difference. It's not just 'here's logo, here's brochure, here's a website.' What can you do to effect change through your design ideas?"

To buy a poster or for more information, call the UWG Art Department at 678-839-6521.

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