VAS Arts: My Community

An exhibition highlighting work from Very Special Arts of Polk County.

Polk State College Gallery Exhibition: Kenneth Treister

Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs, 10am-2pm.

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 […]

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 […]

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Melvin Gallery

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’ refreshing approaches are celebrated at […]

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’ […]

Graphic Design: Opening Reception

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition Each year, Florida Southern’s senior graphic design students are challenged to create a fictitious company; they are then responsible for creating its print and digital materials, products, and storefront displays in the Melvin Gallery as part of their thesis. At times humorous, clever, and surprising, the ideas presented by our […]

Nature Meets Art Exhibit

January 3-February 28, The Michael Crews Gallery showcases a special exhibit, Nature Meets Art: Photographs by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and accomplished Photographer and Videographer, Mike Potthast. They share their views through the lens, capturing an amazing display of color light and intimate perspectives of Central Florida’s natural world. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 […]

Faculty Art Show

I Heart the Arts at Polk State

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.  

Steven Felix-Jager Gallery Exhibit

I Heart the Arts at Polk State

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.

Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494