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.
Destinations in Painting: The Kasten Collection
July 7-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.
July 7-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.
Through July 18
Tinia Clark of Winter Haven and Gregory Jones of Lakeland are award-winning artists whose works have earned them a local following. Clark, a native Floridian, initially studied under local noted artist Elizabeth Clement, but soon discovered her own expressive style. Jones, a Virginia native, has been a staple on the local arts scene for decades and has made himself a regular exhibiting artist at art festivals throughout Florida. Works by these two artists will be celebrated in an exhibition focused on the duality of abstraction. Traditionally, abstraction has been defined as an artist’s personal style of restructuring recognizable subjects into something visually different -- the main point being that abstraction has roots in nature; in order to abstract, an artist must begin with a physical subject. However, abstraction also has come to describe expressive works of art
that have no allusion to a natural subject. This form of abstraction is often
also referred to as non-objective. Works by Clark and Jones represent both
sides of abstraction: Clark’s more non-objective formal compositions contrast
beautifully with Jones’ more traditionally abstracted subjects.
Learning to Be Me: K-2nd Grade Elementary Students Exhibition
May 30-July 12
This exhibition highlights the artwork of Polk County’s youngest elementary school students. The exhibition is sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union and Publix Super Markets Charities.
Closing and Summer Hours
The Museum will be closed Saturday, July 4, for Independence Day. It will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7.
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
Summer Art Classes (for Teens & Adults)
Saturdays, July 11-August 15
Fees: Vary; registration is requiredPolk Museum of Art will offer Saturday art classes for teens and adults of all experience levels this summer. Pre-registration is required. Fees vary by class. Classes include beginning and intermediate digital photography and drawing the figure in perspective. All Museum instructors are certified art teachers and/or art professionals.
Family Art Workshops
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Cost: FREE for everyone
July 11: Polk Museum of Art*
July 18: Bartow 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.
* A 30-minute tour of the main exhibition will be given preceding workshops at the Museum. Tours begin at 10 a.m.
Summer Art Camp
Through July 31 (2-week sessions)
Ages: 7-13 years old
COST: Fee per class, per student, per session. Discounts given for multiple classes.
Winter Haven Session: July 13-24 at Chain of Lakes Complex
Ages: 7-13 years old
COST: $200 for PMoA members; $260 for non-membersJoin us for Summer Art Camp! Give your child (ages 7-13) a FUN, CREATIVE and OPEN atmosphere to develop their love and appreciation for the arts. Camp classes offer the freedom to explore artistic interests through creativity, medium and technique.