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Monday, May 2, 2011
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 2, 2011
Peace/War, Survival/Extinction: An Artist's Plea for Sanity
On view Fri., Mar. 11 - Mon., May 30, 2011
For the first time the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is coming to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. The conference dates are Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2011.
This annual conference for ceramic artists is held in a different city each year. The event draws 5,000 - 7,000 clay enthusiasts - many of whom will have cars they'll use to visit the Florida Holocaust Museum and other venues across the region. NCECA has also hired buses to transport conference attendees to many museums, attractions and special events which will take place on both sides of Tampa Bay.The Florida Holocaust Museum is proud to present an outstanding exhibition in support of NCECA. The exhibition's focus is to provide social commentary on war, human rights violations and genocide, and to encourage dialogue about the avoidance of conflict. Richard Notkin's tile murals, teapots, sculpture and installations will be included in the exhibition.

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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Monday, May 2, 2011
Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Spring Members' Exhibition
at West Tampa Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Friday April 15, 7 - 10 pm
West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33607
MORE: The exhibit will be on display through May 6th.
Gallery hours M-F, 10am-4pm.

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Event Title: Exploring the Ideal
Where: Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida
Monday, May 2, 2011
Exploring the Ideal at the Centre Gallery
Issues of Feminine Beauty

What is an ideal body? We see a certain standard of beauty engrained in society, but how does it affect everyday individuals, especially women?

From May 2 to May 6 the Centre Gallery will present ideal, an exhibition by artist Amy Royale, which exposes an autobiographical account of the psychological and physical struggles she experienced due to weight related issues. Viewers will be confronted with the uncomfortable, be exposed to the struggles of female body image, and experience a non-traditional beauty. They will be exposed to something raw, beautiful, and powerful.

As Royale recounts, "I struggled with my weight and the way people perceived me my entire life. After I had weight-loss surgery, I had to tell people about it. Their reactions roused frustration and anger in me. I created this work to confront them and deal with the issues I have with my body."

A closing reception for ideal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Centre Gallery at the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public.
Amy Royale will be graduating in December of 2011 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. She will thereafter attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
For more information about the Centre Gallery please call 813-974-5464 or email

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