As the semester comes to a close, University of Tampa art and design students have presented their senior projects.

Symone Hall, 21, had another group of students on her mind: the victims of the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Hall, a drawing major, created a charcoal portrait for each victim; 14 students and a teacher, a football coach and an athletic director. Inspired by a class assignment, she was interested in artistically representing young people’s deaths, particularly in her native Bahamas. But after the shootings, Hall was deeply affected. She forfeited traveling over spring break and worked feverishly on the portraits. Just one took eight to nine hours to complete. They’re on display in the senior exhibit “As Far As I Know” at UT’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.

The faces are expressive, particularly in the eyes. Each person has a piece of tape over the mouth.

For her BFA thesis, Symone Alexandria Hall made the Parkland Shooting Series, 17 charcoal portraits of the victims. She talks about her artistic process with the Tampa Bay Times.

Posted by Tampa Bay Times on Thursday, May 3, 2018

“The purpose of the tape was to make the portrait speak louder,” Hall explained. “The point was to show how they were silenced.”

Splattered inkwash gives the illusion of blood. Hall also included a haunting 18th piece, blank except for the splatter.

“I wanted my portraits to say something more. I want viewers to stop and think about the person, or that they could have potentially lived,” Hall said. “Although they’ve died, I want people to remember them long after the tragedy.”

Hall has reached out to the principal of Stoneman Douglas, Ty Thompson, and the families of the victims, inviting them to Friday’s closing reception.

- Maggie Duffy

Symone Hall produced a series of charcoal portraits of the victims of the mass shooting at Parkland High School for her BFA thesis. The Silenced Series: Parkland Shooting Victims is currently showing in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Symone Hall produced a series of charcoal portraits of the victims of the mass shooting at Parkland High School for her BFA thesis. The Silenced Series: Parkland Shooting Victims is currently showing in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Symone Hall produced a series of charcoal portraits of the victims of the mass shooting at Parkland High School for her BFA thesis. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Symone Hall produced a series of charcoal portraits of the victims of the mass shooting at Parkland High School for her BFA thesis. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Meadow Pollack, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Meadow Pollack, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Carmen Schentrup, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Carmen Schentrup, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Alyssa Alhadeff, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Alyssa Alhadeff, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Scott Biegel, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Scott Biegel, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Alex Schachter, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Alex Schachter, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Chris Hixon, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Chris Hixon, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Peter Wang, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Peter Wang, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Gina Montalto, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Gina Montalto, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Luke Hoyer, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Luke Hoyer, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Alaina Petty, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Alaina Petty, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Aaron Feis, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Aaron Feis, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Cara Loughran, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Cara Loughran, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Martin Duque, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Martin Duque, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Nicolas Dworet, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Nicolas Dworet, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Jamie Guttenberg, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Jamie Guttenberg, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Helena Ramsey, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A charcoal portrait of Parkland victim Helena Ramsey, by Symone Hall in the BFA show at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A part of Symone Hall's piece called the Silenced Series: Parkland Shooting Victims, titled Who's Next? at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
A part of Symone Hall's piece called the Silenced Series: Parkland Shooting Victims, titled Who's Next? at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, on April 26, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times