Discover one of Florida’s top ten art museums. With a diverse exhibition schedule, dynamic event calendar, and comprehensive educational programming, you will find Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland is truly more than an art museum.

Exhibitions

Destinations in Painting: The Kasten Collection

Through December 6

Alex and Barbara Kasten have been collecting art for decades. This exhibition celebrates one of their most cherished collecting focuses: 19th-century academic painting. These 33 works of art, dating from the 1860s to the 1920s, represent the breadth of the Kasten Collection and offer audiences the opportunity to see a past era through the paintbrushes of 28 distinguished artists from England, France, Germany and Austria. This collection was assembled by Mr. and Mrs. Kasten with the guidance of the Kurt E. Schon, Ltd. Fine Art Galleries in New Orleans.

Exhibition Reception: 6:00 p.m. on September 25

Moon Museum

Through October 3

When NASA launched its Apollo XII mission to the moon, most people – including NASA officials – did not know a small ceramic tile bearing miniature drawings by six renowned American artists was attached to the landing gear of the moon module. This exhibition, The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XII’s Secret Art Mission, was curated by Jade Dellinger in partnership with the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College to celebrate that first space art project. The Moon Museum was the brainchild of New York sculptor Forrest “Frosty” Myers, who invited a group of the most significant artists of the time, including John Chamberlain, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg to join him in contributing individual drawings. Myers collaborated with engineers at Bell Laboratories to transfer the images (using a then-cutting-edge photo-reduction technique developed for micro-circuitry) onto a handful of identical postage stamp-sized, paper-thin ceramic wafers, one of which was secretly attached to the Apollo XII lunar landing LEM 6. It has remained on the surface of the moon for more than 45 years. This exhibition features one of the few remaining duplicates as well as vintage NASA press photographs, film shot by Apollo XII astronauts and related mission-flown artifacts.

Closing and Summer Hours

The Museum observes summer hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During that time, the Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.

Classes, Workshops and Tours

Meet Me at PMoA: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia

Meet Me at PMoA to Make Art

Thursday, August 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Facilitator: Tinia Clark

Fee: Free (registration required)

This is an art-based social engagement program offering a fun and comfortable way for people affected by dementia to get out, get active and get connected with like individuals through creative expression. The group is intended for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. If appropriate, their caregiving family member or professional caregiver stays on site.

Meet Me at PMoA Gallery Tour & Talk

Thursday, August 20, 2:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Tinia Clark

Fee: Free (registration required)

This program provides an opportunity for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease (and related dementia) and their caregivers to engage in conversation about art on exhibit at the Museum. This program is designed for people in the early stages of dementia and their care partners.

Both programs are offered on the third Thursday of every month; space in each is limited to 8 participants and their caregivers. To register, contact Matt Belcher at 863.688.5423 or < ahref="mailto:MBelcher@PolkMuseumofArt.org">MBelcher@PolkMuseumofArt.org.

“Meet Me at PMoA” is based on the MOMA Alzheimer’s Project and is a collaboration between Polk Museum of Art, Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and Sidestreet Art Beat, Inc.

Children's Programs

Family Art Workshops

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Cost: FREE for everyone

August 1: Polk Museum of Art*

August 15: Plant City Public Library

Family Art Workshops provide a safe, fun environment for families to participate together in hands-on activities led by an art educator. Workshops are held at the Museum and at facilities in Polk County as a part of our ongoing community outreach efforts.