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Student artist settles for $45,000 over nude sculpture dispute

February 12, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ A student artist who sued when her high school banned her nude sculpture of a man wearing makeup has agreed to a $45,000 settlement.

Rebecca Antolak’s principal removed the sculpture from the lobby of Dillard High School before an open house. A nude sculpture of a woman remained on display.

Ms. Antolak, 17, had offered to end her lawsuit against Broward County School Board without payment if the board agreed to display the male statue, which wore eye makeup and lipstick.

She also wanted the board to train teachers on student expression and change language in a Student Handbook, which allows administrators to outlaw art that ``could cause embarrassment.″ The board refused.

``This was not about money, but the philosophical issues became impossible,″ Eva Buehrer, Ms. Antolak’s mother, said Monday. ``They were either unable or chose not to negotiate on those points.″

Ms. Antolak will use $20,000 of the $45,000 for legal fees. The settlement, signed by lawyers for both parties, must be approved by a judge.

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