May Events at the Polk Museum of Art


Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art
Through 2016

For the first time in its 50-year history, the Polk Museum of Art partnered with accomplished Florida artist Ruben Ubiera to produce “Monkey Business,” an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Ubiera designed and created a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ onto one of the Museum’s most prominent walls. Ubiera has adopted the gorilla as an iconic power animal for the current state of street art. For him, street art was always that “10,000 lbs. gorilla in the room” when it came to art galleries and museums. Although street art has become accepted and celebrated in the public conscious, it remains largely overlooked by established galleries and museums. With “Monkey Business,” Ubiera depicts that gorilla finally at home in a respected art museum. As an homage to the community that made this project possible, Ubiera uses Polk County-related imagery to form the gorilla’s body.
Photos available.

Rebels with a Case
Through July 3

Rebels With a Cause presents outstanding selections of paintings, drawings and sculptures from The Huntsville Museum of Art’s recently acquired Sellars Collection of Art by American Women. This landmark holding celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.
Photos available.

Unmanned: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection
April 30-Aug. 27

As a complement to “Rebels with a Cause,” this exhibition of 15 works includes paintings, photography and mixed media. Artists include Miriam Schapiro, Alice Neel and Barbara Morgan.
Photos available.

Free to Be Me: 3rd – 5th Grade Elementary Students Exhibition
Through May 22
This exhibition highlights the artwork of Polk County’s third through fifth graders.

Learning to Be Me: K- 2nd Grade Elementary Students Exhibition
May 28 – July 10
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, June 4, 11a.m. and 1p.m.
This exhibition highlights the artwork of Polk County’s elementary school students.

MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Celebrate the 45th anniversary of this annual outdoor art festival. Mayfaire is one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida and is on Sunshine Artist magazine’s prestigious “Best 200 Art Shows” list as number 55. Work from about 165 artists, food and beverage vendors, free parking and shuttle service. More information here:

MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire Saturday Night
Saturday, May 7, 5:30-11 p.m.
Cost: Free

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for a free party at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror, just two blocks north of Lake Morton. This event includes fireworks and the MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire 5K Race. Food vendors will be available on site.

Meet Me at PMoA: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia

Thursday, May 19, 2 p.m.
Facilitator: Tinia Clark
Fee: Free (registration required)

This is an art-based social engagement program offering a fun and comfortable way for people affected by dementia to get out, get active and get connected with like individuals through creative expression. The group is intended for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. If appropriate, their caregiving family member or professional caregiver stays on site.

Registration is required for each month.
Please contact Laura Putnam at 863-688-7743×288 or

“Meet Me at PMoA” is based on the MOMA Alzheimer’s Project and is a collaboration between Polk Museum of Art, Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and Sidestreet Art Beat, Inc.