June Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art



Robert Vickrey, Forbidden Fruit, 1995, Egg tempera on gesso on masonite, 36″ x 48″. Image courtesy of the Polk Museum of Art.

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

June 10 – 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

June 10 – 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

May 27-Aug. 27

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

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



Member Reception

Friday, June 9, 6:30-9 p.m.

Cost: Free for members; $10 non-members


Mindful Leadership with Emily Rogers

Thursday, July 27, noon – 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Please RSVP at Reservations@PolkMuseumofArt.org


Mayfaire Saturday Night

Saturday, May 13, 5-11 p.m.

Cost: Free


Creative Yoga with Michelle Pugh

Friday, May 19, noon-1 p.m.

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members