The Polk Museum of Art is pleased to present A Colored Image of the Sun, a solo exhibition by artist, Kelly Sturhahn. Sturhahn’s work explores notions of the sublime in nature from a contemporary viewpoint, simultaneously considering experience, perception and transformation. Favoring process and experimentation, her practice combines the unconventional with the traditional, incorporating a range of tactile materials to create paintings on cut fabric, ink drawings, and large-scale installations comprised of textiles, such as hand-sewn sequins and painted lace. Drawing on nature’s intricate, ever-changing phenomena, these works translate sensory experience, and often reinterpret nature abstractly as shapes, patterns, color, light, and movement.
Kelly Sturhahn is an Associate Professor of Art and the Director of the Foundations Program at Florida Southern College. Sturhahn holds a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Cheryl Hazan Contemporary (NY), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (NY), Ann Street Gallery (NY), Times Square Gallery (NY), Skylight Gallery (NY), 6th Street Container (FL), and Boca Raton Museum of Art (FL), among others.
This two-gallery, two-part installation highlights the important contributions and strides female artists made in the art worlds of the 1980s and 1990s. Selected from the Museum’s permanent collection and situated adjacently in Gallery II and the Perkins Gallery, these thematically related exhibitions present an instructive visual dialogue with one another, allowing viewers to engage with art not merely from two decades but also through an exclusively female lens.
My favorite paintings are usually narrative ones – ones in which an artist draws the viewer into a world where a story is occurring. My work aims to invite more than just a quick glance and immediate response. Instead, it asks the viewer to dive a little deeper and identify the underlying message that can only be discovered through closer examination.
From rising sea levels and climate change to the degradation and loss of natural habitats, my paintings focus on current global issues that impact our society both environmentally and socially. I hope that by weaving illustrative storytelling with aesthetic beauty the narrative will compel viewers to examine my paintings more closely and think about the greater message within each piece.
SUN + LIGHT is a collection of works from the series Everyone Loves the Sunshine by contemporary visual artist Charles Williams. Captured through emotionally charged and compelling imagery, works featured in this exhibition juxtapose Williams' own personal encounters, past and present, with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's.
This exhibition showcases a selection of 11 works chosen from the 42 works by Cubans in the Polk Museum of Art’s permanent collection, 33 of which were created by exiles and 9 by artists who live in Cuba.
Lorrie Goulet: Seventy Years Carving celebrates the storied career of a sculptor, painter, and poet who first made her name in the 1950s and 1960s as a female artist who identified herself principally as a carver — a term that aptly describes her hands-on and intuitive approach to sculpting directly from stone and wood.
This intimate two-work installation of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso’s The Recyclers featuring the finished painting and its study hung side-by-side — provides an instructive opportunity for viewers to engage in the process of close looking, gaining better understanding of the artist’s process and the methodology underlying her imaginative contemporary spin on Old-Master-style painting.
Richard Segalman was born in Coney Island, New York in 1934, and the timeless American-ness of his iconic birthplace — think amusement parks and seaside relaxation — seems to echo the timelessness one feels when looking at his work in any medium.