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.

Embodied: Figurative Art from the Permanent Collection
Through Sept. 10

Throughout human history, the artist has portrayed the human figure more often than any other subject. In this collection, we witness the dignity and fragility of the human spirit. These works of art come together to touch the humanity in us all. This exhibition features selections by the Museum’s docents of figurative artworks from the permanent collection.

James Rosenquist, The Kabuki Blushes, 1986, Lithograph and monoprint, Polk Museum of Art Permanent Collection 1989.1, Purchase with Kent Harrison Memorial Acquisition Fund © James Rosenquist.

Through Sept. 30

James Rosenquist explored the imagery of popular culture and helped define Pop Art alongside artist such as Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. Polk Museum of Art bestowed Rosenquist its Artist’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and is proud to count six works by Rosenquist among its collection.

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: George Lowe
Friday, Aug. 11, noon-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Space is Limited. Please RSVP at

Creative Yoga with Michelle Pugh
Friday, Aug. 18, noon-1 p.m.
Cost: $5 members; $10 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.