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Warhol and Dali, side by side

WARHOL AT DALI - More than 20 works by pop artist Andy Warhol go on display Saturday through Aug. 9 at the Salvador Dali Museum. On loan from the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, the works give viewers a chance to compare two artists who used mass marketing techniques to increase availability of their work. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Adult admission is $8, half price after 5 p.m. Thursday; 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; 823-3767.

GULFPORT WALK _ Gulfport's monthly Gallery Walk takes place 6-9:30 p.m. along Beach Boulevard (55th St.) south of 28th Avenue tonight. Highlights include the last show of Cervenka-McLaughlin Gallery (2819) before it closes, featuring works by Margaret Steward, Betsy Orbe Lester and Nancy Cervenka-McLaughlin, a fifth anniversary reception at Positive Expressions (2825) and Dragoslav Milic at the Paint Spot (2826). Free; 321-7741 or 321-3528.

SOUND SURROUNDS _ Brian Ransom, sculptor, composer, musician and assistant professor of visual arts at Eckerd College, exhibits "Ceramic Sound Installation," seven clay acoustical resonators of varying sizes and shapes, each collecting a specific frequency of sound wave. Thus sound becomes a physical presence, changing as the viewer moves. After a reception open to the public 3-5 p.m. Sunday, the show continues through May 15 during gallery hours 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free. Eckerd College is at 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; phone 864-8340.

DENIS GASTON _ The puzzling portraits of Denis Gaston go on display at Club More, opening with a reception today, 7-9 p.m., and continuing through May 31; call for hours. Reception is free; other times, admission varies. 703 Franklin St., Clearwater; 466-6673.

Around the world

Italian architect Renzo Piano has won the 1998 Pritzker Architecture Prize, regarded as the profession's highest honor. He first came to prominence as an architect of the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, completed in 1978. Pritzker juror Toshio Nakamura says "Piano's approach to design is always imaginative and inventive, technologically oriented, yet with the hand-crafter's attention to detail." He receives the award and accompanying $100,000 grant at the White House on June 17.

Around the nation

Mark Rothko, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 3-Aug. 16. The abstract expressionist's first comprehensive American retrospective in 20 years. (202) 737-4215.

Around the state

New Art: South Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, May 8-Aug. 16. Works by the eight recipients of 1998 South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowships; each grant carries a cash award of $15,000. (305) 893-6211.

Clyde Butcher of Ochopee has been named one of two artists to be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1998. Butcher, whose large photographs of Florida's landscapes inspire appreciation of the state's wilderness, exhibits in the bay area frequently, most recently at Mainsail Arts Festival. Also elected is the late folk artist Gamble Rogers IV. Past visual arts winners include Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Syd Solomon and Duane Hanson.

Opportunity in the arts

Arts Recognition Awards, Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Nominations are being sought in these categories: Arts in Education, Individual Patron, Individual Artist. Nominees should represent outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts and cultural environment in Hillsborough County. For nomination form, contact the Arts Council at 725 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 401, Tampa 33602; 276-8250. Deadline is May 15.

Opportunity for artists

First Night St. Petersburg. Proposals from visual and performing artists in music, mime, theater, dance, puppetry, storytelling, poetry, film, video, visual, environmental, interdisciplinary, wearable and performance art for presentation Dec. 31, during the city's sixth annual downtown celebration and for the Millennium Celebration, Dec. 31, 1999. Accepted artists and performers will be paid for their services. Deadline for this year's proposals is July 1. Information: 823-8906.

What's ahead

+ Through May 31 (extended closing date) _ "Titanic: The Exhibition," Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg. For tickets, $13.95 (adults), $12.95 (seniors 65 and over), $5.95 (students), call (813) 821-1448 or (800) 777-9882.

+ May 9, 10 _ Mayfaire by-the-Lake, Lakeland. Mother's Day weekend. (941) 688-7743.

+ May 15, 5:30-9 p.m. _ Art Express: A Taste of Art. St. Petersburg's Downtown Gallery Association teams galleries with restaurants for an open house. Free. 821-7391.