Rembrandt’s Academy: Old Master Paintings from Private Dutch Collections

Through Sept. 24

Rembrandt van Rijn founded the most influential Academy to exist in the Dutch Republic (1581-1795), training dozens of painters to work in the “Rembrandtesque” manner. His characteristic style became famous throughout Europe. This exhibition features the artworks of some of Rembrandt’s students.


The Figure in American Art: Florida Southern College’s New Art Museum Collection

Through Sept. 24

An introduction to the Museum’s newest permanent collection works. This inaugural exhibition of the alliance between the Polk Museum and Florida Southern highlights one of the principal collecting initiatives fostered by the partnership: to develop a collecting focus that specifically addresses the “figure” as a subject unto its own in American painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.


Translated Forms

Through June 10

This exhibition features the artwork of St. Petersburg artist Rachel Stewart. Stewart is inspired by the markings of nature, the results of changing formations caused by the nuances of time and seasons.


Roberto Estopiñán

Through Aug. 27

Born in Cuba in 1921, sculptor, draftsman, and printmaker Roberto Estopiñán is a celebrated artist and considered a pioneer of modern sculpture in Latin American art. His work featured haunting faces and strained forms filled with despair in the 1960s, conveying his pre-occupation with, and compassion for, those who have experienced injustice. These artworks in many ways run counter to his later works that focus more on beauty and the exploration of form.



Art Out Loud: Artwork by Middle School Students

Through Aug. 27

Awards ceremony: Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.

An exhibition highlighting the artwork of Polk County School District middle school students.



Point of View Gallery Talk: Dr. Alex Rich

Friday, June 14, noon-1 p.m.

Cost: Free


Creative Yoga with Michelle Pugh

Friday, July 21, noon-1 p.m.

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members



Mindful Leadership with Emily Rogers

Thursday, July 27, noon – 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Summer Art Camp 2017

Session 3: July 10-21

Session 4: July 24-28


For children ages 7-13. Choose from crafts, digital painting, drawing, illustration, jewelry making and more. Tuition information and additional details here.


Winter Haven Art Camp 2017

July 17-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Students ages 7-13 will rotate through classes in drawing and painting, sculpture and printmaking. Tuition information and additional details here.



Beginning Photography

July 8- Aug. 12, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Instructor: Gregory Mills

Fee: $145 members, $185 non-members


Creative Concepts in Photography

July 8- Aug. 12, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Instructor: Rick Runion

Fee: $145 members, $185 non-members


Painting with Pastels

July 8- Aug. 12, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Instructor: Julie Terhaar

Fee: $145 members, $185 non-members


Art History: Famous Masters, Famous Students

July 8- Aug. 12, 10 a.m.- noon

Instructor: Andrea Brickey

Fee: $100 members, $140 non-members


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.