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Photos: High School art show sparks controversy

Red paper hides artwork from public view at Palmer High School. The student show was part of the International Baccalaureate program.
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Palmer High School students protest the censorship of their artwork. The administration put up a barrier blocking the art from view, and later told students the show would have to move to a more out of the way place.
Courtesy Shelli Franckowiak
Student signs of protest take the place of their artwork while it was temporarily removed from public view at Palmer High School.
Courtesy Shelli Franckowiak
Palmer High School student Sarah Minturn re-hangs artwork for the International Baccalaureate "Forget Me Not" opening. The artwork was hung earlier in the week before being censored by the administration and then removed from public view. April 12, 2013
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Palmer High School students Rebecca Vaughan, right, and Shea Rasch re-hang artwork for the International Baccalaureate "Forget Me Not" opening. The artwork was hung earlier in the week before being censored by the administration and then removed from public view. April 12, 2013
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Palmer High School student Joy Pollard re-hangs artwork for the International Baccalaureate "Forget Me Not" opening. The artwork was hung earlier in the week before being censored by the administration and then removed from public view. April 12, 2013
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A sample of artwork from the Palmer High School International Baccalaureate student show. The art show sparked a controversy after a complaint from a community member prompted the show's censorship and removal by the administration. April 12, 2013
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A sample of artwork from the Palmer High School International Baccalaureate student show. The art show sparked a controversy after a complaint from a community member prompted the show's censorship and removal by the administration. April 12, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
A sample of artwork from the Palmer High School International Baccalaureate student show. The art show sparked a controversy after a complaint from a community member prompted the show's censorship and removal by the administration. April 12, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
A sample of artwork from the Palmer High School International Baccalaureate student show. The art show sparked a controversy after a complaint from a community member prompted the show's censorship and removal by the administration. April 12, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
A sample of artwork from the Palmer High School International Baccalaureate student show. The art show sparked a controversy after a complaint from a community member prompted the show's censorship and removal by the administration. April 12, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Palmer High School students re-hang artwork for the International Baccalaureate "Forget Me Not" opening. The artwork was hung earlier in the week before being censored by the administration and then removed from public view. April 12, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Suzanna Caldwell

Art students at Palmer High School are claiming censorship after school officials covered up an annual art show.

Over the last year, 16 students in the International Baccalaureate program at Palmer High School have worked diligently to make sure their year-end art show was ready for display. Their works -- a mix of paintings, drawings and sculptures -- went on display earlier this month in the school's upper commons area -- the school's main lobby.

Despite some graphic elements, most students accepted the work -- until one school visitor didn't.

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