By Jennifer McGraw

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police officers portrayed as pigs in a student art exhibit at Sac State is gaining attention.

Jacob Lewis is a senior art student and said there’s more than meets the eye in his paintings.

“There’s a lot of deeper meanings in there,” he said.

Lewis said it’s his political avenue to express feelings of injustice.

“I need to send a message with my work rather than paint something that looks cool,” he said.

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Which is why he started painting pigs in uniforms last year during the controversial police brutality.

One is seen shooting aimlessly with a bandana around his eyes and another depicted as a slob. He even painted “F— the police.”

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“Not all cops are to blame for the situation, but I’m basically just trying to bring attention to the fact that there are a lot of bad cops out there,” Lewis said.

But others believe it’s offensive and not art, especially Arianna Perez who’s a grad student going into law enforcement.

“Police officers they put on a uniform and go out to work every single day, and to view them or perceive them as something like this, it’s pretty upsetting,” Perez said.

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The university was made aware of the controversy and issued a statement.

“Art often prompts dialogue and conversation and expresses a variety of opinions,” Sheree L. Meyer, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Sacramento State.

Most can agree on that.

“It lets people express themselves in the right way,” said Sac State student Naomi Diaz.

“Jacob over here saw something wrong with society and sees a message that needs to be told, not necessarily if I agree with it or everyone else agrees with it, but it’s always encouraging, especially to get university campus to have people who are willing to take a chance,” said Trevor Wright, a junior and English major.

So for now, the art stays where it’s at.

It’s not all political; he has paintings from his hometown among other drawings.

A reception will be held Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on campus in the art building, RW Witt Hall.

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Comments (55)
  1. I sure hope they have an active shooter on campus one day and really need the “PIGS”; sorry they don’t answer 911 from that college.

    1. It won’t be an open matter of policy, because they can’t refuse service. However, officers might just get distracted here and there, they might “slow-time it”, they might not be as gentle in their approach. Humans are each uniquely affected by how they are treated or labled, and the message these activist-artists are sending might just affect some officers in a way that young Jacob can’t foresee.

  2. I wonder if the Dean of Arts and Letters would feel the same way if it showed her as a Sow.

  3. And the parents of this brat are paying a blooming fortune for this kid to do this?

  4. Stunning display of hate for America…

  5. Phil Davison says:

    “Jennifer McGraw says there’s no place like California.” Thank god, although North Korea is close. PLEASE hurry and secede.

  6. Brad Kaplan says:

    Weak-minded liberal fools create, and commend such things. There is no epidemic in this country of cops needlessly shooting people. There just isn’t, factually speaking. Thousands and thousands of police contacts with the public every day across the nation and how often is there a needless shooting of a citizen? It’s so extremely rare, but the dummy liberals don’t care about facts.

  7. Poor pigs. The good ones never hold the bad ones accountable and they expect people to cheer for them when they kill people at will. with zero repurcussions? There have been more than 2500 people killed by police in the U.S. since 2015 and most of them were unarmed and not presenting a threat. Cry me a river, piggies. Until the good ones demand accountability for the bad ones, none of you are to be trusted.

  8. We should set up a special phone number for guys like this. Say “811”, which would call a convicted felon to their home when they need help.

  9. Don Stickney says:

    These pieces of ‘art’ are on display at Sacramento State? That sounds like the name of a state university; a taxpayer-funded public institution.
    We are currently seeing hyper-sensitive snowflakes all across the country taking offense to Confederate statues and monuments on display at public parks and demanding that they be removed as they are deemed offensive.
    Public park. Public university. All the same to me!

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