February Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONSRecent Acquisitions
Recent Acquisitions
Through April 23

New artworks added to the Permanent Collection after going through an intense selection process. The executive director, Collections Committee and Board of Trustees approve each artwork to ensure the collection’s continued strength. Additions to the permanent collection typically are donations.

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony
Through Feb. 19

The Reading Public Museum’s collection of works by American Impressionists. The exhibition includes more than 100 works, including more than 80 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper dating from the 1880s through the 1940s.

The exhibition is arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism, including those at Cos Cob and Old Lyme in Connecticut; Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Rockport, in Massachusetts; New Hope and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; Taos, New Mexico; and California.

Neon Nostalgia
Through March 12

A collection of historical fiction vintage neon sign portraits painted by Lakeland artist Alison Lamons best described as nostalgic, tropical-industrial watercolor paintings. Lamons’s artwork was used as the poster art for Mayfaire by-the-Lake in 2016.

Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art
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.

STUDENT EXHIBITIONS
Harrison School for the Arts Senior Exhibition
Through Feb. 26

Senior visual art students present their graduating body of artwork.

EVENTS
Lecture & Book Signing by Rustin Levenson

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Lecture, free; book pre-orders, $42.50
RSVP: reservations@polkmuseumofart.org
Pre-order books: TAulisio@PolkMuseumofArt.org

Point of View Gallery Talk: Holly Scoggins
Friday, Feb. 10, noon – 1p.m.
Cost: Free
RSVP:  reservations@polkmuseumofart.org

Art Lab
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
RSVP:  SJoseph@PolkMuseumofArt.org

Creative Yoga
Sunday, Feb. 12, 3-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

Creative Yoga
Friday, Feb. 17, noon
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & TOURS
Beginning to Intermediate Photography
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 14, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Gregory Mills
Cost: $145 members; $180 non-members

Photographic Portraiture in the Digital Age
Mondays, Feb. 6 – March 13, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Rick Runion
Cost: $145 members; $185 non-members

Realistic Colored Pencil Still Life Drawing
Mondays, Feb. 6 – March 13, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Christopher J. Roll
Cost: $145 members; $185 non-members

Encaustic Painting
Mondays, Feb. 6 – March 13, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Glenda Reeves
Cost: $145 members; $185 non-members

 
Oil Painting
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 14, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Julie Terhaar
Cost: $145 members; $185 non-members

Printmaking Fundamentals and Application
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 14, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Gessner
Cost: $210 members; $250 non-members

Acting Classes
Mondays, Feb. 6 – March 13, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Rick Olivo
Cost: $145 members; $185 non-members

Mixed Media Process and Application
Mondays, Feb. 6 – March 13, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Gessner
Cost: $145 members; $185 non-members

 
Introduction to Hand-building in Clay
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 14, 6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Lindsey Bailey
Cost: $210 members; $250 non-members
 

Art History Survey
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 14, 6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Jan Hurndon
Cost: free for members; $60 non-members

Basics of Calligraphy
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 14, 6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Rick Olivo
Cost: $145 members; $185 non-members
 

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
Mail Love Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instructor: Tammy Wright
Cost: $110 members; $130 non-members

 
Simple Screen Printing
Saturday, Feb. 25, noon – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Weiss
Cost: $110 members; $130 non-members

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
After School Art
Feb. 6 – March 13, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Hernandez
Cost: Free for members; $5 non-members per child, per visit

Topics include:
Feb. 6- Mixed media
Feb. 13- Printmaking
Feb. 20- Craft
Feb. 27- Watercolor