August Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

A Sum of its Parts- Through Sept. 17, 2016Victor Vasarely

This year marks the Polk Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary, and this exhibition marks the milestone with a comprehensive chronology of the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition also chronicles the museum’s evolution alongside its collecting interests. Currently, the museum’s permanent collection includes approximately 2,400 art objects ranging from prehistoric artifacts to 21st century digital prints.

Unmanned: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection– Through 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.

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. “Monkey Business” 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.


VSA Exhibition

Aug. 27 – Oct. 2

This exhibition highlights work from Very Special Arts of Polk County, a program for gifted students and students with emotional, physical or cognitive challenges who are enrolled in Polk County Schools. The artworks selected for the exhibition represent a variety of media and techniques.

Reception: Aug. 27, 11 a.m.

Creative YogaCreative Yoga
Friday, Aug. 19, noon
Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers

Mindful Leadership
Friday, Aug. 26, noon



Beginning to Intermediate Photography

Saturdays, through Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gregory Mills
Fee: $150 members; $175 nonmembers

Intermediate to Advanced Photography

Saturdays, through Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rick Runion
Fee: $145 members; $180 nonmembers

Painting with PastelsLakeland art class
Saturdays, through Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Julie Terhaar
Fee: $145 members; $180 nonmembers

Drawing Out of the Box- Charcoal/Graphite
Saturdays, through Aug. 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Glenda Santiago
Fee: $145 members; $180 nonmembers



No programs scheduled for August.


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.