This poster initially caught my attention because of its bold quotes
and cool-toned colors. Upon further examination, the detail in
the artwork, specically in the depiction of colorful fish in a river,
is absolutely breathtaking. The image gives viewers a sense of
peace and serenity. Not only did this particular poster stand out to
me because of its beautiful visual imagery and vibrant colors, but
also for the important message behind it. Humanity has destroyed
our planet Earth and its natural beauty, increasingly so in the last
decade. The poster illustrates that we must hear the Earth crying.
It is important for us to realize the damage we have caused and
continue to cause to our planet. Our actions have serious
consequences to the world we live in now and for the world that
will be left for future generations.
There have been many studies done, including one by The National
Institute of Justice, about the percentage of inmates who end up
re-incarcerated within five years of their discharge from prison. As of
2017, that number stood at 75%. This is because America has a justice
system based on punishment, not rehabilitation. By having it set up this
way, we are failing our most at-risk populations.
Access to higher education could drastically reduce the chance of
re-incarceration, but 84% of state prisons operate only high school classes. In
contrast, states like Ohio offer inmates the option to enroll in college
classes, and this has resulted in a re-offending rate of only 18%. This is
huge, not only for the people being given a second chance, but also for
every American taxpayer. True rehabilitation, and a focus on supportive
and positive experiences in jails and prisons, helps every one of us. A
society cannot be improved through punishment and shame.
This poster resonated greatly with me, primarily because it includes a Bible
passage from Isaiah 2:4 which states: “They shall beat their swords into
plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” This gives me a synopsis
of how the art poster can promote peace.
The various small images surrounding the Bible verse at the bottom of the
poster all tell a story. The story begins on the left column with a war or
conflict. The middle column shows an ascent from war into a more
peaceful, prosperous period. The right column portrays people fully
transitioned into a period of productivity, peace, and security.
I loved the overall art style of this poster. The artist created these images in
a way that enables them to appear almost as if they would be hung inside a
church. The visual style gives me a sense of contemplativeness and
The social justice issue presented in this poster is our world’s urgent desire
for peace and dialogue. This idea resonates with me as I see a country and
a world deeply divided with much resentment, bitterness, and anger. It is
time for enemies to dialogue with each other and for mutual hatred to
transform into mutual respect. This art poster left a strong impression on
me and inspired me to have hope for the future.
When I first saw this poster, I was attracted to the mosaic of colors and
patterns. Seeing that there are people of all ages reading together reveals
that the poster is about education. One of the most important things in my
life is education. Receiving education through my time at LMU has been a
privilege. It breaks my heart to know that many people are unable to have
the same opportunities I have because of the lack of access to education
rooted in social injustice.
A proper education should be accessible to everyone regardless of a
person’s place in society. As a nation that spends a large portion of money
on objects, projects, and things that perpetuate war and violence, we must
take a step back to focus on our community. In order to have a truly
flourishing society, there must be ample access to jobs, education,
healthcare, and infrastructure. Instead of putting our money in those
places, we prioritize unnecessary things that sometimes even put our
country at a disadvantage, which we must change.
My family and I emigrated here from the Philippines in 2003. However,
because of the lengthy Naturalization process, it was not until a couple
years ago that we finally became U.S. citizens.
Imagine how it must be for people who are seeking asylum from the
dangers of their home countries and for people who are seeking new and
better opportunities in what is known as “the land of the free.” We need
to remember that the United States is a nation of immigrants and that it
is our duty to welcome and help those who come here, whether they be
legal or illegal. We need to remember and honor the words of our
Founding Fathers “that all men are created equal… with certain
unalienable Rights…” Each one of us is striving towards the same goal
that this country has been rooted in for centuries: to live a life of liberty
In the sea of John August Swanson’s brightly colored posters, I was drawn
to the blue and green hues in this particular art piece. The details are
magnificent, from the fish that blend so beautifully into the ocean water to
the intricate patterns on the boat. While the cool colors create a somber
tone, the warm red-orange boat signifies hope.
From a young age, the welfare of animals has been a personal concern of mine. I
would constantly ask my mom if animals felt sadness or pain when we ate
them. This later developed into discussions about less meat consumption
and the benets this holds for animals, our bodies, and the planet. In this
poster, Pope Francis’ quote states that “many negative effects on the
climate come from our daily behavior.” Our meat consumption habits
pollute the Earth, take up a vast amount of the planet’s surface, and require
an enormous volume of water.
We have the potential to change this issue with simple changes in our daily
habits. Thus, the fiery, warm boat is hope in the middle of the sea. We have
a duty to care for both the planet that nurtures us and the creatures that
share our home. It is important that more people come to the realization
that we have one Earth and we must sustain it. Art truly has the power to
impact people. I am thrilled that the artist chose to create this piece for the
betterment of our planet.
This poster speaks to me because it addresses a social issue that I am very
passionate about. Minimum wage is not enough to cover living expenses.
For many adults, a minimum-wage job is their only source of income.
Many people have no choice but to take these jobs to survive and support
I am attracted to the impactful quotes and colorful illustrations in this
poster. Quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Warren, and
Pope Francis show that everyone deserves to earn a living wage for their
work. These quotes call out the problematic wealth distribution in our
society that we need to fix. The bold colors instantly grab the viewer's attention to
highlight this social justice issue. The illustrations depict workers in
low-income jobs such as restaurant servers. We see these people all the
time but rarely put ourselves in their shoes.
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s quote, “The way I see it, no one in this country
should work full-time and still live in poverty-period.” sums up the
situation. As fellow citizens, we need to stand up and advocate for living
wages for all.
What first stood out to me in this poster is its emphasis in geometry. The
illustration employs rigid lines, which makes it read like a storyboard. As
I read the text, particularly the quotation from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., I was reminded of the strength and beauty found in
Culturally, our thinking can be very individualistic and it is often times
difficult to look outside of our own perspective. However, when we
consider the experiences of those outside our own social circle, we have
much more in common than we might have expected. Recognizing our
similarities helps bring us together. Coming together as one is the very first
step we must take to solve the social justice issues presented in this exhibit.
The warm red-orange skin tones and rich greens and yellows of “Mexican
Picnic” tell a story of summer, family, and nourishment. This piece made
me think of family gatherings in the heat of June and the smells of grilled
meats and charcoal, where in the mid-afternoon, time almost stands still.
The beauty of this poster is that it successfully captures a single, fleeting
instant, but points to a larger story.
Food, drink, and music exist for the soul. There is beauty in the
communion of this poster. I imagine the good times at this picnic – the
stories amongst neighbors and the warmth of the sun. My own family
gatherings are similar to the one depicted in this poster. Like the guitarist
and mandolinist standing by the truck, my cousin and I duet with the
guitar and ukulele at nearly every family event. Feelings of familiarity
and belonging came over me when I saw this poster for the first time.
There is a sense of nostalgia in the poster. It makes me think of summer
vacation, backyard barbecues, and fishing in a lake. Indeed, food is at the
very forefront of culture; it brings us together like nothing else. When we
come together and break bread, the possibilities are endless.
Everything about this poster caught my attention: the choice of vibrant
colors, the comic-book style of storytelling, and the deep-rooted message.
I enjoyed how the colors brightened my mood at first glance. It has an
effect like no other. I also liked how it depicts this certain man as an
“amateur” but the man is able to try his hardest and succeed in the end.
Through the perspective of social justice, this poster shows how any single
individual can affect the world through new ideas and change. As much as
we care about the world and our community, nothing is more effective
than the drive to help build, create, and face a new challenge. I think it is
important not to feel restricted in a space where you can do so much. I
believe 2019 is a year when it is crucial to stay awake, face reality, and keep
coming up with ideas on how to better our world. It all takes one step at a
What first drew me to this poster was the latter half of its quote, pulled
from Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: “Young people demand change. They
wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without
thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.” A
challenging, nuanced, yet accessible claim – one that confronts its reader
with the tension between an urgent demand for change in the present and
the ongoing project of imagining and building a better future.
If the quote drew me to the poster, what held my interest was its central
image. The scene seems simple: people gather and march with candles lit
for the just treatment of the earth and its inhabitants. The visual elements
have somewhat ambiguous meanings. One interpretation of the image
might focus on religious symbols: the candles, the three kings, the doves,
the upside-down tree, etc. These symbols suggest an appeal to global
environmental solidarity for our humanity, love, and responsibility to
What resonates strongly with me is the focus on various ages of the people
in the poster. Pope Francis’ quote references young people, while the
image features adults. This juxtaposition points to the role of
intergenerational solidarity in environmental justice, situating both the
environmental demands of young people today and the project of
imagining a better future in relation to the demands, struggles, and hopes
of those who have come before us.
I selected this poster because I adore nature and I was captivated by the
vibrant colors of the bees and flowers. Recently, in my linguistics class I
learned that the bee dance is a form of communication. I found it
interesting that the basis for the bee dance is mathematics. Once bees
locate a source rich in pollen, they go back to the hive and dance at the
angle made by the food source, the hive, and the sun.
The quote on the bottom of the poster, “We do not own the Earth. We are
simply the caretakers of God’s precious handwork,” drew my attention
because it gives the audience the responsibility to act towards saving the
bees and nature in general. Although the poster focuses on bees and the
effect their extinction would make on Earth, the message can be
generalized for the environment as a whole. We are not the only beings
inhabiting Earth, and it is unjust for us to destroy it.
This poster resonated the most with me because I have a similar feeling
that war will be the end of humankind. The poster shows how if people
stop making violent weapons it can help bring about peace. Also, it
advocates that instead of war we should focus on making sure everyone
has food, clothes, and a proper education. Having these things accessible
to everyone will make peace on Earth more attainable.
I liked the use of colors in this poster. The colors are bright and bold,
appealing to the eye, and drawing people to look at the poster. In addition,
I like that the image is presented as a comic strip. It is simple and effective
for anyone to understand the message of this poster.
The message of “Build Bridges Not Walls” is simple and diffcult to
disagree with. Pope Francis’ quote declares, “When bridges unite us, then
we can hear and speak with others… creating ways to discover our
common humanity.” Yet there is depth beneath Pope Francis’ words. This
message makes political references to immigration policies and to
breaking down social inequity, such as societal norms and laws that do
not support people of varied cultures, genders, and ethnicities. The
message is pertinent to today’s political climate.
In a similar way, the image of the Golden Gate Bridge draws the viewer in
with depth. With the use of vibrant colors and size, the bridge appears
prominent in the foreground of the image. As the bridge successively fades
away, it reveals a complex city behind. In this way, the artist is able to
initially catch the viewer’s attention with a universal message and then
slowly take the viewer to the poster’s underlying meanings.
This poster caught my attention with its striking appearance and
important message. From a visual perspective, I was immediately drawn to
the purple border. Furthermore, I appreciated its simplicity. The simple
phrase “end the death penalty” is a clear and strong demand, and the
relatively few words on the poster allow the image to be the focus of the
The image creates an interesting religious argument against the death
penalty, evocative of Jesus’ crucifixion. This, in combination with the
quote from Pope Francis, “There is no humane form of killing another
person,” makes a compelling appeal to the viewer’s humane
sensibilities. Additionally, the ancient time period depicted in the image
provides a striking contrast to the present day, seeming to assert that the
barbaric executions of past ages still exist in the modern world.
The issue of the death penalty resonated with me deeply. The death penalty
remains relatively unpopular across the political spectrum, and I believe
that this injustice deserves more attention.
This poster spoke to me because it does not pick an issue and approach it
from one side or another. Instead, it looks at how all people can relate,
regardless of their beliefs and experiences. This focus resonates with me
because I am more conservative than many of my peers at a liberal arts
school and I find that this is an important factor in discussions with my
professors and peers.
Understanding that most often we all want the same for one another —
peace, love, and respect — means that we can talk about anything and
achieve anything. We should all be able to communicate with one another, and
respect one another despite our varying beliefs. So much can be
accomplished when we appreciate that not everyone thinks the same.
This poster does a good job representing this concept with simplicity.
While the colors are subdued, the poster places importance on the words
and the four pictures that show different people from different worlds
engaging in the same rituals, such as reading the news and caring about
the world that they live in. It makes the point that we are more alike than
The text is a call to action: “We can no longer ignore what is happening to
Global climate change is happening at a rapid pace. Humanity’s impact on
the Earth has prompted some scientists to propose a new epoch: the
Anthropocene. This new geological age is named after the dominant
influence on the environment: the Anthropos, humankind. As such, we
must take responsibility for our individual actions and foster
consciousness about a changing climate that may no longer be able to
This poster captured my attention with its vivid colors and purposeful
design. As an art history student, I could not help but draw connections
between the arrangement of these figures and that of beautifully rendered
Renaissance polyptychs, which often portrayed the Virgin Mary as the
central figure surrounded by her attendants. This visual device paints a
similar narrative because she, too, is a Mother we must love, respect, and
This poster caught my attention because I love music. At first glance, I was
drawn to the bright and vibrant band shown in the artwork. Upon reading
the poster’s message, I became attached to the piece on a deeper level.
I think the metaphor comparing all of the people in the world to an
orchestra is a beautiful way of conveying what can be accomplished when
everyone works together. The poster shows that in the same way every
member in an orchestra has their own special role that contributes to
harmonious music, everyone has the ability to make the world a better
place. A person’s ability to realize the impact they can have on society is
one of the first steps towards making social change. This poster reminds
the viewers of the importance of cooperation, as well as our own positions
in shaping society. Overall, I felt this poster encouraged me to be more
active in the fight for social justice.