March Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art


Another America: Contemporary Latin American Art from the Permanent Collection
Jan. 30- April 23

Since its inception in 1966, Polk Museum of Art has established a sophisticated permanent collection. From prehistoric Pre-Columbian antiquities to 21st century digital prints, the collection boasts a wide ranging survey of historic periods, artistic styles and cultural trends. Contemporary art is one collecting focus for the museum. The museum’s contemporary art collection includes works by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds who are inspired by their unique global perspectives. To celebrate one such perspective, the museum exhibits a selection of works by contemporary Latin American artists. Each of these artists has unique approaches to their cultural heritage and creates a modern interpretation of what it means to be Latin American.

Forever Young: A RetrospectiveMarilyn+Glamour,+2010,+screenprint+acrylic+paint+and+diamond+dust+on+linen+(Large)
Dec. 12-March 27
Born in 1959 in Northern England, Russell Young was drawn from an early age to the quintessential “American dream,” which he thought represented freedom and possibility. He studied photography film and graphic art at the Chester Art College. Early in his career, he shot live club shows of Bauhaus, R.E.M. and the Smiths. He quickly picked up magazine work, shooting portraits of Morrissey, Bjork, Springsteen and others, and directed more than 100 music videos during the glory days of MTV. This working retrospective will be his first major museum exhibition in the United States.
Young studied photography, film and graphic art at the Chester Art College. Early in his career, he shot live club shows of Bauhaus, R.E.M. and the Smiths. He quickly picked up work for magazines, shooting portraits of Morrissey, Bjork, Springsteen, Dylan, New Order, Diana Ross, Paul Newman and many other celebrities, as well as directing 100 music videos during the glory days of MTV.
In addition to recognition for his iconic images, Young is noted for his use of diamond dust. He began using the technique in 2007, pressing the crystals into the enamel of the prints. No two diamond dust pieces are exactly alike, as the crystals are applied individually to each work. Young’s Marilyn Monroe diamond dust pieces continue to reach new highs at public auction.
Photos available.

Matter Makes Space: Michiko Fujii Fowler
Dec. 12-March 27

Award winning Japanese-American artist Michiko Fujii Fowler explores how space is altered by the painting process. She is intrigued by a painting’s duality of space: the illusive space within a painting and the physical space of a painting. “I believe that a painting has two layered spaces: one is fictional space that is depicted in the painting, and another is a real space that is the painting itself,” she says. “Generally, when we look at a painting, we focus on the fictional space. However, what we are really looking at is an object called a painting and material called paint.”

This is Fujii Fowler’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. A native of Japan, she has lived and painted in San Francisco since 2008. Her work is featured in the permanent collection of the Saku Museum of Modern Art and has appeared in a variety of exhibitions. She lived as an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2007 and received the Sokei Award and the Takazawa Award from the Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design in Tokyo.
Photos available.

Some Things Contemporary
Dec. 19 – March 12

The adjectives modern and contemporary are often misused in reference to fine art. But, that misuse is understandable since the two words are synonyms in the English vernacular. It is also fairly innocent within the context of fine art where we still have art historians who often confuse the two. If someone defines contemporary art in terms of art historical chronology, it is often said to have begun in the 1960s with the rise of postmodern Pop Art. If someone prefers a more literal interpretation, it describes a work by any artist currently living.

For this exhibition, we sided with the latter definition; all of the works on display were produced by artists who are still around. Contemporary art is one of the primary collecting focuses for the Polk Museum of Art. As an addendum to the museum’s exhibitions of works by contemporary artists Russell Young and Michiko Fujii Fowler, we are showing a sampling of works from the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art.

Creative Youth: 15th Congressional District Competition
March 12 – April 17
This annual exhibition features works from high school students in the 15th Congressional District. The exhibition is organized through the efforts of Polk Museum of Art and the offices of U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross. The Congressional Award winning piece will travel to Washington, D.C., to be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with other winning works from districts throughout the nation.

Kids Tag Art
Awards Ceremony: March 8, 6 p.m. at Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College
Reception: March 8, 7-8 p.m. at Polk Museum of Art
A program by the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office featuring license tags designed by 5th grade students from Polk County schools. All proceeds from the sale of the tags go to classroom art supplies.

Harrison School for the Arts Senior Exhibition
Feb. 6 – March 6
Senior visual art students present their senior showcase.

Art to Art: The Intersection of Words and Images
Thursday, March 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

Southeastern University students and faculty from the Department of English and Foreign Languages will present original poetry that responds to two visual art exhibitions at a free event at the museum. A reception follows.

A Night at the Opera…Scenes
Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Performances by Southeastern University students and faculty

March 21-24, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Children ages 7-13 have a fun, creative atmosphere to develop their love and appreciation for the arts. Camp classes offer the freedom to explore artistic interests through creativity, medium and technique. Classes include performance, drawing/painting and mixed art.

CAMP TUITION: (per student)
$100 for members, $120 non-members

Registration Deadline: March 13

March Weekend Workshops:

Photography: Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
March 12—10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $80 members; $100 non-members

Fine Art as a Profession
March 12
Contact museum for time and cost

Photography: Using Adobe Photoshop
March 19—10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $80 members; $100 non-members

Access Art: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia

Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m.
Facilitator: Tinia Clark
Fee: Free (registration required)

This is an art-based social engagement program offering a fun and comfortable way for people affected by dementia to get out, get active and get connected with like individuals through creative expression. The group is intended for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. If appropriate, their caregiving family member or professional caregiver stays on site.

Registration is required for each month.
Please contact Laura Putnam at 863-688-7743×288 or

“Access Art” is based on the MOMA Alzheimer’s Project and is a collaboration between Polk Museum of Art, Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and Sidestreet Art Beat, Inc.


Sunday, March 27- Easter


Family Art Workshops
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Cost: FREE for everyone

March 5- Polk Museum of Art
March 19- Winter Haven Public Library

Instructor: Glenda Reeves

Family Art Workshops provide a safe, fun environment for families to participate together in hands-on activities led by an art educator. Workshops are held at the Museum and at facilities in Polk County as a part of our ongoing community outreach efforts.
* A 30-minute tour of the main exhibition will be given preceding workshops at the Museum. Tours begin at 10 a.m.

After School Art (Ages 5 and up) Mondays (March 7-28)

Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate
Instructor: Laura Putnam, Museum Educator
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-Members per child per visit.

This is a program designed for the parent and child to learn together. Lessons vary in medium and are designed to be adapted for use at home. Each class is an independent lesson. Registration is not required.


• March 7—Textile