A Fragile Balance: Our Planet, Our People, and the Art of Linda Finch
Apr
20
to Jul 20

A Fragile Balance: Our Planet, Our People, and the Art of Linda Finch

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Linda Finch,  Escape through the Oven.

Linda Finch, Escape through the Oven.

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.

-Linda Finch

 

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Flashback Female:  Women Artists in the 1980s from the Permanent Collection
Jun
1
to Aug 31

Flashback Female: Women Artists in the 1980s from the Permanent Collection

Lynn Davison,  Finalists in the Game of Musical Chairs , 1988

Lynn Davison, Finalists in the Game of Musical Chairs, 1988

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.

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Flashback Female:  Women Artists in the 1990s from the Permanent Collection
Jun
1
to Aug 3

Flashback Female: Women Artists in the 1990s from the Permanent Collection

Miriam Shapiro,  Arts and Crafts,  1991.

Miriam Shapiro, Arts and Crafts, 1991.

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.

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 A Colored Image of the Sun
Jul
27
to Nov 10

A Colored Image of the Sun

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 Ann Street Gallery (NY), Times Square Gallery (NY), Skylight Gallery (NY), 6th Street Container (FL), Cheryl Hazan Contemporary (NY), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (NY), and Boca Raton Museum of Art (FL).   

 

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Pierre Henri Matisse:  Stories of Creativity
Sep
7
to Nov 24

Pierre Henri Matisse: Stories of Creativity

Pierre Henri Matisse,  Circle of Love  (detail), 2012, Cut paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Pierre Henri Matisse, Circle of Love (detail), 2012, Cut paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Like his renowned grandfather Henri before him, Pierre Henri Matisse has made art — and creativity — his life’s passion. Now 91 years old, the French-born Pierre, who resides today in Florida, brings his adventurous and innovative work to the Polk Museum for the first time. Ever the experimental artist, Pierre has never settled on one style alone, although his unique voice and whimsical nature shine forth in each and every piece he creates. This exhibition puts a spotlight on the artist’s narrative works and series, including his Genesis suite. Especially in his use of paper cuts as a medium of choice, visitors will see how Pierre and his art were inspired deeply by his grandfather and his legacy. One half of a two-site set of Pierre Henri Matisse exhibitions, this original Polk Museum show coincides with an exhibition of the artist’s work in wide-ranging media at the nearby Melvin and Burks Galleries on the Florida Southern College campus.

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Oct
26
to Jan 26

Spirits: Ritual and Ceremonial African and Oceanic Art from the Dr. Alan and Linda Rich Collection

Mask,  Artist Unknown

Mask, Artist Unknown

Over the course of four decades, Dr. Alan and Linda Rich have displayed a passion for helping others, traveling the world and bringing medical care to those in need. With his profession as an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon and hers as an occupational therapist trained to help Alan in clinics and in surgeries, the Riches worked together to transform the lives of many in need of critical eye care. While working in clinics in Papua New Guinea and throughout Africa, the Riches also immersed themselves in the diverse artistic cultures of the countries they visited.  Along the way, they acquired a collection of ritual and ceremonial objects that fill their home today.  In this Polk Museum original exhibition, these artifacts, most of which speak to the close spiritual communion between humans and animals, will be displayed publicly for the first time.

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A Brush with HerStory: The Paintings of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Dec
14
to Apr 12

A Brush with HerStory: The Paintings of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso is a premier portrait artist whose art historical knowledge is surpassed only by the skill of her brushwork. This exhibition features Dellosso’s tribute paintings to great but often-overlooked female masters of the past.  Looking at women artists from the Renaissance through the modern era, these exquisite academically-rendered paintings are based on in-depth study of artists including Genevieve Estelle Jones, Angelica Kauffman, Sofonisba Anguissola, Remedios Varo, and Sophie Geengembre Anderson. Sadly, these masters have never become mainstream names in the history of art, but they and their stories resonate deeply with Dellosso, who reaffirms their rightful places in art history through her exquisite old master-style paintings.

 

Gabriella G. Dellosso,  Varo’s Moon (Self-Portrait),  2014

Gabriella G. Dellosso, Varo’s Moon (Self-Portrait), 2014

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Kids Tag Art
Mar
5
to Mar 31

Kids Tag Art

Kids Tag Art inspires young artists to create their own unique design, learning the practical application of license plate art to support worthy causes, fashioned after Florida's 100+ specialty license plates. 

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Sun + Light
Feb
2
to May 19

Sun + Light

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.

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The Art of Will Barnet: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Jan
12
to Mar 10

The Art of Will Barnet: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Will Barnet (1911-2012) was an American original. While he may not be a household name today, his nine-decade influence as an artist, teacher, and exemplar of inimitable American modernism was profound. With more than 80 one-man exhibitions at major institutions like the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, and the Guggenheim and a body of work that, despite its stylistic variety, is always recognizably his own, Barnet achieved wide acclaim during his lifetime. In this installation of 22 recently gifted and loaned works by Barnet from the permanent collection, we can begin to see why.

Indeed, Barnet forged a unique path through 20th century art history. At once a dedicated realist and figurative artist when pure abstraction was the norm and an experimenter in abstraction when other artists renewed their interest in representation, Barnet defied expectations about how modern artists should produce art, refusing to bend to the whims of any contemporary trends. 

 

 

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