Polk Museum of Art

800 E Palmetto Street, Lakeland, FL 33801 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Free Everyday

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a teaching museum that seeks to enhance lives through inspirational and engaging art experiences for all. As the largest and only nationally accredited visual arts organization in Polk County and the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in Central Florida, we strive to offer world-class, creative, and original exhibitions for all members of our community and beyond. With free admission, the Museum champions the accessibility of arts education, inspiring visitors of all ages and interest levels to explore, learn, and find something in the world of art to appreciate. The Museum also seeks continued engagement with the community and our members through programming and educational opportunities such as studio and lecture classes for teens and adults, in-person and virtual events, kid-focused art programs, MUSEings: The Polk Museum of Art Blog, and more. As the Museum grows and innovates, we hope that you can join us by becoming a member, by enrolling in a program or class, or even just by strolling through the galleries!



“American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection”
On view through October 24, 2021 | PolkMuseumofArt.org/Impressionism

This Summer and Fall, the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College presents au-diences with an incomparable peek not merely into the incredible story of Impression-ism’s rise in the United States but also into the influential world of private collecting. “American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection” features 41 rarely-seen Impressionist paintings originally from the private collection of Arthur Dayton and Ruth Woods Dayton (whose surnames combine to create the collection’s portmanteau name: “Day-Wood”). Celebrated as patrons of the arts in West Virginia and as conse-quential collectors of American art, the Daytons developed a fine art collection that ex-ceeded 200 works. This extraordinary and beautiful exhibition exemplifies how the sup-port of patrons like the Daytons helped American Impressionists claim their niche in the art world, allowing them to hone their crafts, survive as artists, and find national acclaim at the turn of the 20th century.

“Josephine Sacabo: Those Who Dance”
On view through October 17, 2021 | PolkMuseumofArt.org/Sacabo

Josephine Sacabo’s art is both of our time and embedded deeply in a time past. She is an acclaimed, New Orleans-based contemporary photographer whose body of work seems infused with a powerful nostalgia for the non-digital photographic forms and techniques of photography’s nascent years as an artistic medium in the previous two centuries. As visitors to “Those Who Dance,” an original exhibition of Sacabo’s most re-cent series, will quickly realize, Sacabo (b. 1944) is one of the most poetic photographers actively working in the United States today and one whose ethereal and moving photo-graphs look nothing like those of any other artist.

“Pictures at an Exhibition”
On view through January 9, 2022 | PolkMuseumofArt.org/Pictures

“Pictures at an Exhibition” is a unique collaboration between the Polk Museum of Art and the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra. This one-of-a-kind exhibition promises to delight art and music lovers alike. Guest curated by instrumentalists of the Orchestra, “Pictures at an Exhibition” pairs artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection with hand-picked mu-sical selections performed by the musicians themselves for a unique multi-sensory view-ing and listening experience.

“Hindsight 2020: A Year Later”
On view until December 26, 2021 | PolkMuseumofArt.org/AYearLater

In this new installment of “Hindsight 2020,” we selected nine artworks from our online exhibition to revisit and to present for the first time in our galleries as an op-portunity to reflect further upon how our lives have changed in the past year. With rays of hope and setbacks along the way, our community understands the challenges we continue to face each day. Yet, alongside the familiar iconography of masks and the feelings of uncertainty that are still prevalent today, we found that our communi-ty cherishes even the smallest moments spent together, no matter how mundane they may appear. One year later, we have proven that, despite our perceived differ-ences, our community is unified through its shared experiences and resilience.

Docent-Led Tour
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11 am
Website and Registration: PolkMuseumofArt.org/DocentTours
Join us each Saturday of the month to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured exhibition through an informative and engaging conversation with one of our passionate do-cents. Learn the stories behind the work and dive into the world of art with ease as we bring people and art together.

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