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Full Sail Students Celebrate the Civil Rights Movement Through Art

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Published on Jun 30, 2014

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and celebrate Central Florida's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement of that decade, Orange County and the Orange County Regional History Center looked to Full Sail University for a piece of student-created artwork that they could display downtown. Thirteen Computer Animation and Game Art students -- under the art direction of three Computer Animation faculty members -- came together to create a series of panels that depict the faces of notable Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Zora Neale Hurston, overlooking downtown Orlando's Lake Eola.

The student and faculty crew (a complete list of participants is below) created the pieces over a span of eight hours, using pastels, matte gel, acrylic paint, and more. Both of the leaders featured in the painting played an integral part in the Civil Rights movement here in Orlando --back in 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. gave an impassioned speech in support of the Civil Rights Act at Orlando's Tinker Field, and former Eatonville resident Zora Neale Hurston championed the movement through her African-American literature.

The original art (along with a a monitor showing the time-lapse and a plaque recognizing the artists) is now on display on the second floor of the Orange County Regional History Center.

Art of Full Sail/Orange County Regional History Center Artists:

Cathy Alameda
Abdel Cotto
Beau Coty
Tanner Denison
Rebecca Graham
Jeremy Herrera
Shuhsien Lee
Dorothy Markham
Justin Montanez
Rachel Porter
Reagan Renda
Jamie Lynn Riccio
Melissa Weinart
Plinio Pinto (Faculty, Original Design and Art Direction)
Johannah O'Donnell (Faculty, Art Direction)
Holly Tharp Earhart (Faculty, Art Direction)

Learn more at http://w.fullsail.edu/fsartschool

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