Studio Art: Opening Reception

Melvin Gallery

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition Our final student exhibition showcases artwork created by Florida Southern College’s own senior studio art students. Each senior explores a unique central idea over the course of a year and creates a thematic body of work that conveys the technical and experiential nature of artistic expression and creation. These artists’ […]

Lakeland Art Guild – Opening Reception

Lakeland Art Guild

Annual Lakeland Art Guild Spring Exhibition For over thirty years, the Melvin Art Gallery has partnered with the Lakeland Art Guild to host their annual spring exhibition. Founded in 1952, the Lakeland Art Guild is the oldest local community arts organization in Polk County. We are pleased to exhibit works created by local artists and […]

Hurricane Update: Polk Museum of Art Will Reopen on Sept 17

Polk Museum of Art

Due to disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma, the Museum has rescheduled, postponed, or canceled several events: Polk State Day originally scheduled Sept. 7 is rescheduled for Sept. 19 Art Lab originally scheduled Sept. 9 is rescheduled for Sept. 23. VSA Student Reception originally scheduled Sept. 9 and rescheduled for Sept. 16 is postponed until further notice. The […]

Greater Tuna

A second-stage production in the Frank Lloyd Wright Theatre-in-the-Round. By Jaston Williams. Joe Sears, and Ed Howard Directed by Mary T. Albright Greater Tuna is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, […]

Lakeland Concert Band Concert

Lakeland Concert Band

Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45 and the band concert begins at 2:30. The concert (and parking!) are free, and no tickets are needed. The concert will feature romantic songs for Valentine’s Day, including songs from The Beatles and an old fashioned love song featuring vocalist Ken Brady. It’s time for the Olympics, so […]

The Art of Film – Hide Your Smiling Faces

A monthly film screening series featuring the best in internationally-renowned independent and arts-related movies- The Art of Film. The Art of Film presents a forum for appreciating movies as an art form. With audience Q&A and talkback sessions with film directors and faculty from Florida Southern College following each screening, this unique Polk Museum series will entertain, […]

The Von Wagner Code

A unique exhibition inspired by the rediscovery of a damaged, lost painting on the Florida Southern College campus. Regular Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm Sunday, 1 to 5pm Summer Hours (June 1 through Labor Day): Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays including December 24, 25, and 31 and January 1. […]

Double Vision: Photocentric Paintings by Richard Heipp

RICHARD HEIPP, CULTURAL STRABISMUS: VISION FAITH: SEEING BELIEVING, 1999, IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

Features air-brushed simulations of photographs and scanned objects, these works occupy the gray area between the manually produced painting and the digitally reproduced image. Summer Hours (June 1 through Labor Day): Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays including July 4 and Labor Day.  

Beth Ford: A Selective Retrospective

Beth Ford Studio Session

Beth Ford is an award-winning artist in drawing, painting, and intaglio printmaking at State, Regional, and National competitions. Her work is in several Florida Museums and many public and private collections throughout the South. Beth is also a well-known art educator for over fifty years and is a Professor emeritus of Art at Florida Southern […]

The Recyclers: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

The Recyclers - Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

This intimate two-work installation of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso’s The Recyclers featuring the finished painting and its study hung side-by-side — provides an instructive opportunity for viewers to engage in the process of close looking, gaining better understanding of the artist’s process and the methodology underlying her imaginative contemporary spin on Old-Master-style painting.

Polk Arts Alliance

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