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January Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art


Recent Acquisitions: Jan. 21- April 23

New artworks added to the Permanent Collection after going through an intense selection process. The executive director, Collections Committee and Board of Trustees approve each artwork to ensure the collection’s continued strength. Additions to the permanent collection typically are donations.

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony: Through Feb. 19

The Reading Public Museum’s collection of works by American Impressionists. The exhibition includes more than 100 works, including more than 80 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper dating from the 1880s through the 1940s.

The exhibition is arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism, including those at Cos Cob and Old Lyme in Connecticut; Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Rockport, in Massachusetts; New Hope and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; Taos, New Mexico; and California. 

Neon Nostalgia: Through March 12

A collection of historical fiction vintage neon sign portraits painted by Lakeland artist Alison Lamons best described as nostalgic, tropical-industrial watercolor paintings. Lamons’s artwork was used as the poster art for  Mayfaire by-the-Lake in 2016.

Tracing Antilles: A Shared Voyage: Through Jan. 15

An on-going project produced by multi-media artist Humberto Castro. Based on a series of historical and visual explorations of the islands of Greater Antilles (Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands), the artist investigates the evolution of culture in this highly complex region.

Collections Spotlight: Romero Britto, San Paulo Landscape: Through Jan. 21

Romero Britto is a Brazilian neo-pop artist, painter, serigrapher and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope and happiness.

Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art

For the first time in its 50-year history, the Polk Museum of Art partnered with accomplished Florida artist Ruben Ubiera to produce “Monkey Business,” an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Ubiera designed and created a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ onto one of the Museum’s most prominent walls. Ubiera has adopted the gorilla as an iconic power animal for the current state of street art. “Monkey Business” depicts that gorilla finally at home in a respected art museum. As an homage to the community that made this project possible, Ubiera uses Polk County-related imagery to form the gorilla’s body. 

Student Exhibitions

Polk County Senior Exhibition: Through Jan. 22

This exhibition highlights the artwork of Polk County School District senior high school students.

Harrison School for the Arts Senior Exhibition: Jan. 28 – Feb. 26

Senior visual art students present their graduating body of artwork.


Point of View Gallery Talk: Dr. Alex Rich

Friday, Jan. 13, noon – 1p.m.

Cost: Free

RSVP:  reservations@polkmuseumofart.org 


Members’ Reception

Join us in welcoming the “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony” exhibition with a lecture by Alexander Rich, assistant professor of art history and director of the art history program at Florida Southern College. Cash bar to follow.

Friday, Jan. 20, 6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for members; $10 for nonmembers

RSVP:  reservations@polkmuseumofart.org


Mindful Leadership

Friday, Jan. 27, noon-1 p.m.

Cost: Free

RSVP:  reservations@polkmuseumofart.org


Creative Yoga

Sunday, Jan. 8, 3 p.m.

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members


Creative Yoga

Friday, Jan. 20, noon

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

Classes, Workshops & Tours

Classes begin Feb. 6. Registration deadline is Jan. 29. More information here.  

Weekend Workshops

Who are YOU? Continuing Your Artistic Journey in Oil Painting

Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Instructor: Kate Carney

Cost: $100 members; $120 nonmembers

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