Celebrate La Francophonie Day at the Polk Museum of Art

Vive la France! Inspired by its Edgar Degas exhibition, the Polk Museum of Art will celebrate French language and Francophone culture with its La Francophonie Day Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on March 23. The celebration pays tribute to the 300 million French speakers living on five continents, and offers a variety of themed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Access Art: Special Needs

The group meets for the talk and tour at 11:00 am on the 1st Saturday of every month unless it falls on a holiday weekend. After the tour the group meets at Kelly Recreation Center to make art inspired by the museum visit. This program invites individuals with special needs and varying exceptionalities to meet […]

Point of View Gallery Talk

Second Friday of each month from Noon-1pm, join the Chief Curator of the Museum or a special guest for an in depth overview of one of the current exhibitions. Sept 13 – Dr. H. Alexander Rich Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens Oct 11 – Holly Scoggins Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism […]

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 […]

Docent-Led Tour

Third Saturdays of the month Tour begins at 11:00am and ends at noon. Free for everyone. Join us each month to get a fresh look into the Museum’s main exhibition through connecting conversations with one of our passionate docents. Learn the stories behind the work and talk “art” with ease as we bring people and […]

Coffee with Artist Kelly Sturhahn

Please join us for a coffee reception with artist Kelly Sturhahn to celebrate her exhibition. Saturday, September 28, 2019; 10:30 am – Noon. Kelly Sturhahn is an Associate Professor of Art and the Director of the Foundations Program at Florida Southern College. Sturhahn holds a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and an […]

The Art of Film: Cries and Whispers

Join us for our 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 […]

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