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Students stepping into the surreal for Dali exhibition


Published:   |   Updated: January 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM

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ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County students embraced the strange for their newest installment at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, creating mind-bending pictures that blend seamlessly into the surrealist sanctuary.

The annual Pinellas Student Surrealist Art Exhibition, nestled among rare works from pop-culture icon Andy Warhol, features art created by middle and high school students.

This year’s theme, “Change is Strange,” yielded a wide variety of techniques and compositions of everything from a shrimp-deer hybrid to a woman in a bowl of calamari and cheese.

Peter Tush, the Dali Museum’s education curator, selected 87 works for the display from 184 pieces that received top scores in a districtwide competition.

All artwork entries — 163 from area middle schools and 252 from high schools — were judged first by grade level and by art teachers who received Assessing Student Artwork training.

The exhibit opened this month and runs through Feb. 23 at the museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg.

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