Check Out the Exceptional Art Exhibit Created by Pinellas County Exceptional Students

Students with disabilities from four Exceptional Student Education center schools in Pinellas County have created an art exhibit that centers around identity and façade.

The exhibit, “The Masks We Wear,” will be presented by the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) in the Tully~Levine gallery at the ArtsXchange. The exhibit premieres on Saturday, March 9th from 5-9:00 pm and is free and open to the public during the March ArtWalk happening throughout downtown St. Petersburg.

Students with disabilities for their identity through art

This project is the first of its kind in the area. Each student has created a mask through whatever medium they choose (paint, clay, papier-mâché, etc.) to form a statement on how the artist feels seen in various communities that relate to family, peers, and social media.

“This exhibit fulfills our mission to encourage young artists and provide educational opportunities,” adds Diane Morton, executive director of the Warehouse Arts District.

Part of what makes this concept so special is that students with disabilities don’t often get to see themselves represented in art or the media. With this exhibit, not only are their feelings about identity  placed for all to see, the students get to be a part of the creative process that so often excludes people with disabilities.

Support the ArtsXchange

If you have a chance to explore the March ArtWalk, definitely swing by the ArtsXchange and support the voices of the ESE students of Pinellas County!

Saturday, March 9th, 5-9:00 pm, free and open to the public.

515 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.