published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
SFSC art students help with USPCA event
Special to the News-Sun
AVON PARK - South Florida State College art students, Emmie Periera and Jared Turner, recently collaborated on a community service project to design a T-shirt and program cover for the Highlands County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). The designs were created for the U.S. Police Canine Association's regional certification trials that were hosted by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, May 20-23.
This is the first year in which the certification trials are held in Highlands County and in which the HCSO competes.
"I approached Mollie Doctrow with the idea and specialty we needed," said Highlands County Sheriff's Lt. Jim McGann, who is in charge of Highlands County's canine unit. "I presented a direction of what we needed, and the students creatively produced the pieces themselves."
Doctrow, SFSC's Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) curator and graphic design instructor, suggested Pereira and Turner for the project. "They are both very accomplished and dependable students," she said. Periera is a MOFAC intern, while Turner works for Cathy Futral, SFSC art professor.
"Jared has demonstrated expertise in graphics, and Emmie is really a terrific photographer," Doctrow said.
The T-shirt and program cover feature the HCSO canines Ozzie, Ringo, and Remco. Periera photographed each dog individually in portrait shots and action shots. This was the first time she photographed animals professionally. Several of Periera's photographs were exhibited in the 2013 SFSC Student Art Show at MOFAC and the sheriff's department intends to place the photos in their office.
"Jared is a pro at graphic designs and made the process of taking a photo and changing it into a vector look so easy," Periera said. "I think the photos created the foundation for the piece while the graphic designs made it all work as one solid design."
"I couldn't have asked for better pieces," McGann said.
"This real world experience provided the students with an opportunity to work directly with the service dogs and sheriff's deputies to create professional artwork," Doctrow said. "The students now have professional artwork to include in their portfolios."
As a thank you, the Highlands County Sheriff's Department will feature a promotional ad in the event's program.
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