CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Art students at the University of West Georgia usually dominate the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt designs, and this year is no exception.
Three UWG students are among the 5 finalists for the runners' T-shirt design.
And on Wednesday, UWG announced that two more students will have a presence at the race. Peachtree volunteers will wear T-shirts featuring a design by Holly Berndt, while T-shirts designed by Kyler Hembree will be on sale at the 2012 Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo.
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"I'm proud of what the students have done. This is a huge accomplishment," said Clint Samples, UWG associate professor of art, whose students won the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest in 2011 and 2010. "We are holding our own against professionals in the Atlanta area."
Berndt's volunteer T-shirt design features a painted peach with a swoop of color beneath it. She used Photoshop to add a skyline and lettering to the image.
"I wasn't expecting to win anything," said Berndt, 23, who recently graduated with a degree in art education and will begin teaching in Sumter County in the fall. "I tried to make mine different. I wanted it to be pretty -- something that someone would want to wear."
Hembree was inspired by a road sign to create her red, white and blue design. She used a Sharpie to write "Peachtree" inside the sign.
The 28-year-old owner of Local Color, an art studio in Villa Rica, also teaches at South Paulding Middle School. She graduated from UWG in 2011.
"I wanted to do stuff that you would see on the road," she said of her design.