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July Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

If you're looking for something fun to do this summer with the whole family, remember that admission to the Polk Museum of Art is free daily. Following is a run-down of July happenings at the museum.


A Sum of its Parts
July 9-Sept. 17, 2016

This year marks the Polk Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary, and this exhibition marks the milestone with a comprehensive chronology of the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition also chronicles the museum’s evolution alongside its collecting interests. Currently, the museum’s permanent collection includes approximately 2,400 art objects ranging from prehistoric artifacts to 21st century digital prints.

Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art
Through 2016

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.

Rebels with a Cause
Through July 3

Rebels With a Cause presents outstanding selections of paintings, drawings and sculptures from The Huntsville Museum of Art’s recently acquired Sellars Collection of Art by American Women. This landmark holding celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.

Unmanned: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection
Through Aug. 27

As a complement to “Rebels with a Cause,” this exhibition of 15 works includes paintings, photography and mixed media. Artists include Miriam Schapiro, Alice Neel and Barbara Morgan.
Photos available.

The Overcoming: Works by Donna Petcoff Watson
Through July 30

Born in Bulgaria just before the onset of World War II, Donna Petcoff Watson’s life was met with all of the cultural, social and political discord of wartime. She was separated from her father for the first nine years of her life while her family feared the constant barrage of Nazi soldiers through her village. Later in life, other tragedies followed: the untimely deaths of her mother, father and daughter, and her battle to survive breast and lung cancer. Watson’s paintings are rooted in the belief that art can resolve and preserve the spirit. These paintings are not merely abstract compositions, but exercises in meditation and visual evidence of her steps toward coping and overcoming setbacks.


Learning to Be Me: K- 2nd Grade Elementary Students Exhibition
Through Aug. 14
This exhibition highlights the artwork of Polk County’s elementary school students.


Creative Yoga
Friday, July 15, noon
Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers

A fun, creative and open atmosphere for children ages 7-13 to develop their love and appreciation for the arts. Camp classes offer the freedom to explore artistic interests through creativity, medium and technique. More details here.

Session 2: June 27 - July 8 (no classes July 4th)
Session 3: July 11 - 22
Session 4: July 25 - August 5

July 11-22
The City of Winter Haven and the Polk Museum of Art offer a two-week session exploring the arts. Students ages 7-13 will enjoy classes in drawing/painting, mixed art and creative writing. More details here.


Beginning to Intermediate Photography
Saturdays, July 9- Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gregory Mills
Fee: $150 members; $175 nonmembers

Intermediate to Advanced Photography
Saturdays, July 9- Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rick Runion
Fee: $145 members; $180 nonmembers

Painting with Pastels
Saturdays, July 9- Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Julie Terhaar
Fee: $145 members; $180 nonmembers

Drawing Out of the Box- Charcoal/Graphite
Saturdays, July 9- Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Glenda Santiago
Fee: $145 members; $180 nonmembers

More Felting Fun: 3D! Create a Birdhouse or Artful Bowl (workshop)
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Instructor: Vicky Luffman
Fee: $150 members; $175 nonmembers

No programs scheduled for July.

About the Museum
Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for everyone year-round, thanks to the following organizations and individuals: Tuesdays, thanks to Southeastern University; Wednesdays, thanks to a Friend of the Community; Thursdays, thanks to our partnership with the Chao Foundation; Fridays; Saturdays, thanks to MIDFLORIDA; and Sundays, thanks to Clayton & Beverly Hollis. The Museum is fully accessible.

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