Voices for Change: A Student Writing and Design Exhibit for Animal Welfare
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
This exhibit features student written and design work on the topic of animal welfare. Two classes have been working on this project. Jaclyn Harte’s Research Writing students have been volunteering at St. Hubert’s, a local animal shelter, conducting research and writing about animal rights and running a number of related on campus fund-raisers. Their writings will be featured as part of the exhibit. Janet O’Neil’s graphic art students have designed posters that work to encourage pet adoption and heighten awareness on animal abuse.
Representatives from two local shelters have also been invited to the opening.
Design students were asked to reflect on their artistic process; writers responded to designs, wrote about volunteer experience and offered observations on the topic of animal welfare.
“It’s not a Joke” by Katie Tedesco: Coming into this project I knew it was going to be a struggle. I am a huge animal lover and have a hard time researching the cruel things done to them. I figured my classmates would be focusing on dogs, cats and farm animals so I immediately wanted to do marine life and be different. I started by researching animal smuggling, and I came across some pictures of beautiful tropical fish being transported in small, dirty water bottles. I used those pictures to try and think of something clever to do with smuggling tropical fish, but I ended up really disliking the end result. Although I did submit that so I could meet the deadline, I continued to research other marine life horrors, which lead me to the documentary Blackfish. I watched the film when it first came out and a few of the scenes really haunted me but for the sake of research I decided to watch it again. The night after I reviewed the film, there was a guest speaker event for the graphic design department. The presenter, ginger Jess, showed her piece titled Tilikum’s Nightmare, which she created after watching the film Blackfish, and that helped me think of a few ideas for how to create my poster. I’m still not thrilled with the outcome of my piece because I think it’s a very simple example of a very complicated topic. I will probably work on it more in my free time only because the film affected me so much and I want my representation of it to be just as effective. The rest of the class’s posters are phenomenal and a lot more graphic than I imagined they would be. Overall I think as a class we did a great job at portraying these very sensitive issues and they look really cool hanging in the gallery.
Katie is a graphic design major at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her passion for her craft comes from her grandmother who was the graphic designer for the Independent Press Newspaper. She uses her digital illustration skills to create minimalist designs.
Tillicum’s Nightmare by Ginger Jess
Katie has two pieces in this show. Both demonstrate her concern about marine life. Her second poster asks her audience to think about the effects of captivity on Killer Whales:
“Keep Their Innocence” by Alexandra Duarte:
Alex is a junior majoring in graphic design and minoring in PR and advertising. She is also a member of the swim team and enjoys weight lifting.
“I’m a Lover Not a Fighter” by Candice Ayres-Arnold
Candice is an FDU alum currently pursuing a career as a Graphic Designer at Fox News Channel in New York City. She back at FDU to take a class with Janet O’Neil to focus in on typography skills and improve her skill-set as a designer. The focus on animal welfare for this exhibit holds a very special place in her heart, which is why she chose her own pit bull, Oliver, as the main image.
A thought about dog fighting…
Ema Dias: Animal cruelty is a lot more common than most of the public thinks. It is more than using innocent animals for dog fighting; it is neglecting to feed and love them, leaving them in the hands of inadequate or unstable care, and treating them as objects rather than living creatures.
“What do you have to say?” by Anonymous
“Do I Look Like a Piece of Meat?” by Jessica Scrudato. Jessica is a sophomore graphic design major. She currently works for FDU’s Campus Life Program as a graphic designer.
McKenzie Appler is a senior communication studies major with a focus in advertising and humanities. This is her first exhibition at Fairleigh Dickinson. McKenzie submitted two designs for the exhibit: at right, “You Can’t Tell the Difference” and below, “Fashionable?”
“Fashionable?” by McKenzie Appler
Some thoughts about endangered species and the fashion industry…
Anonymous: Domestic animals are not the only animals at risk. Rare or endangered species of animals are even more at risk for mistreatment due to the perceived monetary value of the animal. Killing these animals has been a practice going on for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Anonymous: While researching, I found surprising statistics about the number of animals being used to make clothing. Fur coats take the lives of over 70 million animals. A large number of animals are used in the production of leather items. It is astonishing that people continue to produce and buy products that cause so much suffering for cute animals, such as rabbits and minks.
“Buy Cruelty Free” by Macey Bozzo. Macey is a graphic design major. She worked for a couple years at Camp Bow Wow, a daytime and overnight care center for dogs. Her love for animals is evident, and she hopes the posters prove to be impactful.
Some thoughts about animal testing…
Sara Orkline: Animal testing is still happening. Although it is banned in the United States, there are definitely still places that still use animals for testing cosmetics and other products. These animals are not treated fairly and are most often killed after the testing is concluded. There are laws against animal testing but unfortunately people find ways around the system without ever getting caught.
Arielle Golod: The government spends billions of tax dollars on animal experimentation and people who advocate it justify their actions by saying “they’re not like us,” but they are like us. Doing simple things, like buying non-animal tested products, can make a big difference for animal welfare.
“she doesn’t blend” by Evan Ericson
“I Have Dreams Too” by Rich Reidy. Rich is a junior in Fairleigh Dickinson’s graphic design and animation programs. He rescued his pet cat Haley when she was a stray in the forest and enjoys cuddling with her for a nap. In his free time, he lifts at a local gym.
“The World Will Change Forever” byAnonymous is a junior, majoring in marketing with a digital concentration and minoring in computer graphic design. She is a member of the women’s soccer team and is involved in many clubs and activities on campus, including the Student Government Association and Colleges Against Cancer club. In her spare time she loves to listen to music and write poetry. One thing you may not know about Melissa is that she starred in an MTV game show called The Substitute back in 2012. She hopes one day she will be able to truly inspire someone through her words, artwork, and actions.
A thought about how volunteering changes lives…
Anonymous: After volunteering at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and listening to class discussions in general, I learned that the welfare of all animals depends our decisions and actions. When someone chooses to adopt a puppy, that animal’s life is forever changed for the better. The decision to adopt affects the animal’s whole life. Also, when people decide to donate to shelters or welfare groups, no matter what the amount, it helps support the life of an animal or multiple animals. Overall, any small act of kindness towards animals counts.
“Bring Joy to His World” by Sokan Opemipo. Ope is an aspiring graphic artist whose one, true love is comics. He loves to draw.
A thought about how pet adoption changes lives…
Anonymous: While researching the organization for my final research paper, I came across a great number of organizations that support animals. There are many organizations out there that support all different kinds of animals. They range from small animal shelters to sanctuaries and rescue groups. Many are specific to certain animals, such as elephant sanctuaries or dog shelters. But all of them exist to make the world a better place for all animals.
“What is Love?” Michael Roman
“Fight for Animal Rights” by Anonymous. Latonya is a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her major is graphic design. In her spare time she loves to curl up in her bed and scroll through Pinterest for new ideas.
“Fight for Animal Rights” by Sydney Worek. Sydney is a junior here at FDU, majoring in computer animation and minoring in computer graphics. This is Sydney’s second show in the WaVE.
A final word and a thought on Animal Rights…
Sydney Clopton: Animals have lives of their own that is of importance to them apart from their utility to us.