April Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art


Mural by postgraffism artist Ruben Ubiera.


“16’x24’:” Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art

For the first time in its 50-year history, the Polk Museum of Art partners with accomplished Florida artist Ruben Ubiera to produce an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Ubiera will design and create a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ onto one of the Museum’s most prominent walls. Mural production begins the week of April 11 and is slated for completion in time for the annual MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake fine art festival May 7-8. This is Ubiera’s first major museum commission. The mural will remain for one year.

“Rebels with a Case”
April 9- 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.

“Another America: Contemporary Latin American Art from the Permanent Collection”
Jan. 30- April 23

Since its inception in 1966, Polk Museum of Art has established a sophisticated permanent collection. From prehistoric Pre-Columbian antiquities to 21st century digital prints, the collection boasts a wide ranging survey of historic periods, artistic styles and cultural trends. Contemporary art is one collecting focus for the museum. The museum’s contemporary art collection includes works by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds who are inspired by their unique global perspectives. To celebrate one such perspective, the museum exhibits a selection of works by contemporary Latin American artists. Each of these artists has unique approaches to their cultural heritage and creates a modern interpretation of what it means to be Latin American.

“Free to Be Me: 3rd – 5th Grade Elementary Students Exhibition”
April 23 – May 22,
This exhibition highlights the artwork of Polk County’s third through fifth graders.

Sponsored by: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union and Publix Super Markets Charities

“Creative Youth: 15th Congressional District Competition”
March 12 – April 17
This annual exhibition features works from high school students in the 15th Congressional District. The exhibition is organized through the efforts of Polk Museum of Art and the offices of U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross. The Congressional Award winning piece will travel to Washington, D.C., to be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with other winning works from districts throughout the nation.

Friday, April 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 members; $15 non-non-members

RSVP here.

Celebrate Polk Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary with the second Art+Music. Enjoy craft beer and live rockabilly music by The WildTones, with opening tunes by our own local band Fount, as we celebrate the exhibition “Rebels with a Cause.” Break out your best 1950s attire for our costume contest.


Cursive Writing
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $40 members; $60 non-members

Join us for this one-day workshop that will help ignite your brain and support cognitive development as you learn cursive writing’s use, history and application. Students will learn to properly write sentences using the cursive alphabet through instruction, observation and practice.

Access Art: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia
Thursday, April 21, 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. Caregiver must stay on site.

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

“Access Art” 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.


Family Art Workshops
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Cost: FREE for everyone

April 2- Polk Museum of Art
April 16- Auburndale Public Library

Instructor: Chris Roll

Family Art Workshops provide a safe, fun environment for families to participate together in hands-on activities led by an art educator. Workshops are held at the Museum and at facilities in Polk County as a part of our ongoing community outreach efforts.
* A 30-minute tour of the main exhibition will be given preceding workshops at the Museum. Tours begin at 10 a.m.

About the Polk Museum of Art

Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for everyone year-round, thanks to the following organizations and individuals: Tuesdays, thanks to Southeastern University; Wednesdays, thanks to a Friend of the Community; Thursdays, thanks to our partnership with the Chao Foundation; Fridays; Saturdays, thanks to MIDFLORIDA; and Sundays, thanks to Clayton & Beverly Hollis. The Museum is fully accessible.

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