Meredith Faculty Member’s Shelter Dog Project Featured in News & Observer
Meredith Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone has been featured in The News & Observer for her work to use art to bring attention to shelter dogs.
The story, published November 12, 2013, focuses on Johnstone’s Landfill Dogs project, in which she photographs shelter dogs from the Wake County Animal Center.
In the front page story by columnist Josh Shaffer, Johnstone talks about the purpose of her project, and the dogs she has featured. Shaffer writes that Johnstone is not “trying to make you feel guilty. She just wants you to see the heart of the things we often overlook. ‘They’re good dogs,’ [Johnstone] said. ‘They just weren’t lucky.”
Shannon Johnstone has been a member of Meredith’s faculty since 2002. In addition to her own project, she has also taught a Meredith summer class called “Who Let the Dogs Out?” with a similar focus. Students in the six-week course learn photography skills that they use to highlight animals at the Wake County Animal Center, which receives approximately 17,000 surrendered animals annually. The primary goal of the class is to help these animals find permanent homes.
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