Polk Museum of Art: Exhibitions & Events in July


Polk Museum of Art








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Lakeland, Florida 33801-5529


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Sandra Dimsdale Horan, APR

Public Relations & Marketing Manager

863.688.7743,  ext. 235



June 16, 2014



July Exhibitions & Events 

at Polk Museum of Art





Terra Incognita: Photographs of America’s Third Coast

Through September 13


On loan from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, La., this exhibition is a photographic project of 15 years’ duration (1991-2006) by nationally recognized photographer and author Richard Sexton. Latin for “unknown land,” “Terra Incognita” consists of 57 black-and-white photographs of marsh, scrub lands, dunes, beaches, swamps and forests along the Gulf Coast from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle. According to R.C. Baker of the Village Voice, “Nothing in these extremely fine-grained prints remotely resembles a ‘snapshot.’ … Sexton’s spare compositions coalesce into a portrait of nature as the ultimate abstractionist.” This exhibition is sponsored by Visit Central Florida, Eaglebrooke, Fleetwing, Rodda Construction Inc., Robert & Malena Puterbaugh, the City of Lakeland and the State of Florida.

Photos available.

Reception: 6 p.m. Friday, August 22, with a lecture by Richard Sexton, followed by light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.


Collected Color

Through September 13


Color is an important part of our world. It allows us to visually recognize, relate, and interact with our surroundings. Because of its enormous impact on how we interpret what we see, color has always been an important attribute of art. But, color is not important for art only because it affects what we see; it also affects how we reproduce what we see so that others may share our creative experiences. It was not until the late 19th century that artists began separating color from naturalism, using it in more expressive ways to emphasize emotion or creative formalism. How has the use of color in art changed? Is color still an important creative component? This exhibition examines how color is represented within the Permanent Collection at Polk Museum of Art.

Photos available.


All Decked Out

Through July 20


As part of Innoskate 2014, the exhibition All Decked Out! will celebrate the artistic and innovative spirit of skateboarding. Polk Museum of Art is proud to host an exhibition of contemporary artworks that smack of the edgy aesthetic so often associated with skating. Co-organized by Chad and Suzie Cardoza, two Tampa-based artists and independent curators of all things skate, this exhibition includes a diverse checklist of works by artists from around the country. Painted skate decks, skateboard photography, skate-related sketches, and assembled sculptures will coalesce to provide audiences a renewed glimpse into the unique and creative state of contemporary skateboard culture.

Photos available.



Through August 2


Ekphrasis is a rhetorical exercise first practiced by the ancient Greeks. Essentially, it is a method of creating a new artwork as directly related to or inspired by an already existing work of art. Ekphrasis often takes the form of prose or poetry. The written piece is not necessarily a mere description of the artwork at hand (although it can be), but is a beautifully written account about the subject of the artwork. It is as if an illustration precedes and inspires the written story. For this exhibition, Polk Museum of Art worked with students at the Lakeland Montessori Middle School. Artworks from the Museum’s Permanent Collection were chosen and assigned to students as inspiration for their own explorations into the ancient art of ekphrasis.

Photos available.




Create-a-Skate Exhibition
Through August 9

Polk Museum of Art is partnering with CreateaSkate.org for a special exhibition of skateboard decks. These decks, designed by middle school students from Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas and Polk counties, will be on display as part of Innoskate Lakeland. This exhibition is sponsored by MIDFLORIDA.

Award Ceremony: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21




Please note the Museum will observe summer hours beginning June 1 through Labor Day. During that time, PMoA will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.


The Museum will be closed to celebrate Independence Day on July 4.





Summer Art Camp

Through August 1 (2-week sessions); no class on July 4

Ages: 7-14 years old
COST: Fee per class, per student, per session. Discounts given for multiple classes.


Bonus Session: July 14-25 in Winter Haven

Ages: 7-14 years old

COST: $285 for PMoA members; $345 for non-members


The Museum strives to give your child a fun, creative and open atmosphere to develop their love and appreciation for the arts. Summer Art Camp introduces children to unique, creative processes where they will gain inspiration from contemporary artists, artists displayed in the museum galleries and emerging art trends. Classes provide the freedom of exploration through creativity, process, medium and technique to produce unique artwork. For more information or to register, please visit www.PolkMuseumofArt.org/camp or call 863.688.5423.



Family Fun Workshops 

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
COST: FREE for everyone


THEME: Watercolor (with Tara Campbell)

July 5: Polk Museum of Art

July 19: Bartow Public Library

Family Fun 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.


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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 Museum members. General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older). Children and students with student IDs are admitted for free. Special exhibition fees may apply. Admission is free to all on Thursdays, thanks to our partnership with the Chao Foundation; Fridays, thanks to our BB&T; and Saturdays, thanks to MIDFLORIDA. The Museum is fully accessible.


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