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Big Kids

A collaborative exhibition rooted in children's art

The Studio@620 is pleased to present “Big Kids,” an exhibition of collaborative work between the students of USF Saint Petersburg's Graphic Design program and the students of Symmes Elementary School in Riverview spanning an entire generation of artists and students.

Join us for an opening reception on Saturday February 9, 2013 from 6-9 PM.  The show is free and open to the public. However, any donations or sales of the art will benefit
the family of Esteban Perez-Palmer, a classmate of the Graphic Design students. Esteban and wife Faye's newborn son, Ryo, was born with a heart defect, and the infant needed open-heart surgery just hours after birth. The hospital bills were staggering, forcing Esteban to take leave of the Graphic Design program in order to work to pay off the hospital bills and care for young Ryo. The Artwork will be offered through a first price sealed bid auction.


The Symmes Elementary students started the process by drawing their favorite character. The subjects in question ranged from Minnie Mouse to wrestler and actor John Cena, to SpongeBob Squarepants and various other imaginative characters of their childhood. The drawings, most of
them in crayon, were then sent to USF Saint Petersburg's Graphic Design students, who had the opportunity to take these drawings to a grander scale. The artwork from the elementary students will be on display next to the artist's work that it inspired.


Artists participating in the show include Kati Lacker, Anna Louise, Julia Tafelski, Jimmy Breen,
Stephanie Clark, Alex Maldonado, James Foster, Esteban Perez-Palmer, Elizabeth Bonert, Maria
Cuahutle, Brittani Tramontana, Scarlett Schiraldi, Taylor Gentle, Brandon Hernandez, Austin
Johnson, Ysanne Taylor, David Gonzalez, Anthony Freese, Chanel McGregor, Emily Handy, Olin
Meusling, and Carmela Zabala.


Come and enjoy the results of this partnership. "Big Kids" will hold its opening reception at the
Studio@620 on February 9, 2012 from 6-9 PM in the presence of the participating Graphic
Design students.  As of February 11th, the work will be on display at the University of South
Florida Saint Petersburg's Harbor Hall Lobby, (the former Dali Museum) home to the Graphic
Design Program, from February 11 until February 28th, Monday through Friday 10am - 6pm.
Located at 1000 3rd St. South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701.work.

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