Make & Create

Mondays, 4pm. Maker-style projects that are open-ended for young engineers. Explorations V Children’s Museum programs are designed to focus on a particular learning style and/or developmental level and have fun themes that rotate monthly. Explorations V Children’s Museum delivers educator-directed programming daily as part of general admission or museum membership.

Art Party & Salon

At 5pm on September 15, enjoy libations, entertainment, and learning about our newest public art project: a student-designed sculpture for the Sensory Garden at Bonnet Springs Park.

9 to 5

Musical based on the 1980 hit movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. Sept 13-22, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm.

Return to the 19th Century: A Night at the Museum

On Saturday, September 14, the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College will host a special event titled Return to the 19th Century: A Night at the Museum in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition, Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens. This public event will feature a carnival experience in the […]

Gallery Exhibit: TBA

Runs Sept 9-Oct 10. Exhibit reception is 5-7pm, Sept 24. Gallery hours are 10am-2pm, Monday-Thursday.

Open Studio with Live Model (non-instructional)

The Meraki Artist Resource Center

Sept 8, 1-4pm: Studio time for serious artists to sharpen their skills with their preferred medium. Nude or semi-nude, male or female model in a pose with lighting for shadow highlights. Bring your own equipment and supplies. Member $20, Nonmember $25

Pierre Henri Matisse: Stories of Creativity

On exhibit from September 7 – November 24, 2019. Museum hours are: Tuesday – Saturday | 10am-5pm Sunday | 1-5pm Like his renowned grandfather Henri before him, Pierre Henri Matisse made art — and creativity — his life’s passion. The French-born Pierre moved to Florida in the 1960s, and, before his passing in July at 91 […]

Members Reception

Members reception in celebration of Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens 6:00-8:30pm on Friday, September 6, 2019. Keynote Speaker: Scott Schweigert Curator of Art & Civilization Reading Public Museum Lecture followed by a reception and cash bar. This reception is a complimentary membership benefit. Students with valid ID are welcomed free of charge. Not […]

After Hours at the Museum

We’re staying up late. The Polk Museum of Art is open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, and will host a Curator Tour at 6 p.m. Join Dr. H. Alexander Rich, Executive Director and Chief Curator, for an in-depth tour of the Museum galleries, providing art-historical and curatorial insight about one of our […]

A Colored Image of the Sun

On exhibit from July 27 – November 10, 2019. A Colored Image of the Sun, a solo exhibition by artist Kelly Sturhahn, is on view at Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College. Sturhahn’s work explores notions of the sublime in nature from a contemporary viewpoint, simultaneously considering experience, perception and transformation. Favoring process and […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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