Recent Acquisitions

Jan. 21- 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.

alison-lamonsNeon 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.  

Tracing Antilles: A Shared Voyage

Through Jan. 15
An on-going project produced by multi-media artist Humberto Castro. Based on a series of historical and visual explorations of the islands of Greater Antilles (Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands), the artist investigates the evolution of culture in this highly complex region.

Collections Spotlight: Romero Britto, San Paulo Landscape

Through Jan. 21
Romero Britto is a Brazilian neo-pop artist, painter, serigrapher and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope and happiness.

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.


Polk County Senior Exhibition
Through Jan. 22
This exhibition highlights the artwork of Polk County School District senior high school students.

Harrison School for the Arts Senior Exhibition
Jan. 28 – Feb. 26
Senior visual art students present their graduating body of artwork.


Point of View Gallery Talk: Dr. Alex Rich
Friday, Jan. 13, noon – 1p.m.
Cost: Free

Members’ Reception
Join us in welcoming the “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony” exhibition with a lecture by Alexander Rich, assistant professor of art history and director of the art history program at Florida Southern College. Cash bar to follow.

Friday, Jan. 20, 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for members; $10 for nonmembers

Mindful Leadership
Friday, Jan. 27, noon-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Creative Yoga creative-yoga
Sunday, Jan. 8, 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

Creative Yoga
Friday, Jan. 20, noon
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members


Classes begin Feb. 6. Registration deadline is Jan. 29. More information:


Who are YOU? Continuing Your Artistic Journey in Oil Painting
Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Kate Carney
Cost: $100 members; $120 nonmembers


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 Southern Homes. The Museum is fully accessible.