Russell Young, Ali Quad, New York, 2011, Acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust on linen, 62 x 168 inches © Russell Young

Artist Lecture by Russell Young

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00-7:30pm

Join us for this special lecture by artist Russell Young. For 20 years, Young photographed such celebrities as Diana Ross, Paul Newman, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. He also made a name for himself in film, directing more than 100 music videos for MTV. As creative decisions became increasingly made by corporate executives, Young grew distressed with the industry and decided to break away and focus entirely on his own creative work. He would later explain his work as addressing the theme of “fame and shame.”

Russell Young’s exploration of American counter culture represents a journey that bares witness to both the excess and ambition that has helped shape the ‘American dream,’ a brooding and sometimes brutal celebration of the characters and events that glamorize and chastise in equal measure. Whether through direct visual reference or by title, the works set out to both assert and challenge our perception and understanding of what it is to be American in the 21st century.

Admission is free for all! Drinks will be available at a cash bar.

Exhibition Reception for Matter Makes Space: Michiko Fujii Fowler

Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for the exhibition reception of Matter Makes Space. The night will feature an artist lecture by Michiko Fujii Fowler, followed by hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Award winning Japanese 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.

Matter Makes Space is Michiko Fujii Fowler’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. A native of Japan, Fowler has lived and painted in San Francisco, CA 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.

Reception admission for museum members is free; non-member admission will be $10.

Elves Shelves Gift Shop

November 28 - December 6, 2015
Admission: Free. Prices of items vary.

Shhhhhhh! This special secret shop is for children only! Gifts will be reasonably priced for children to purchase holiday items for family and friends. Elves Shelves fun includes a gift wrapping station.

Art Crawl

November 14, 2015 (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Art Crawl is a one-day art festival highlighting emerging and innovative artists living in and around Central Florida.

  • For artists: Provides opportunity for artists to display and sell their artwork, interact with the public and network with arts organizations and other artists.

  • For the public: Introduces the public to artists, innovative art styles and provides a venue for the purchase of artwork from emerging and innovative artists.

  • For local arts organizations: Provides a venue to advocate, network with artists and interact with the public.

The third annual Art Crawl provides a venue for all visual art media and allows artists to display and sell their work to a wide demographic of attendees. The juried art festival will take place in the Museum parking lot and will also include local music, food, art demonstrations and booths from other arts organizations.


Friday, November 13, 2015 — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: $10 for members, $15 non-members

Unwind during an evening of relaxation and refined cuisine at Polk Museum of Art!  Sample fine Italian flavors from local restaurants and cast your vote for the winner of the second Art+Food Challenge. Enjoy live music by Chad Kostella while perusing the latest exhibition, An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and His Legacy. Sip a Bellini, craft beer or a glass of smooth red wine from the cash bar.  Art+Food is a definite don’t miss night out!

This event is open to adults 18 and up.

Art² Sale

Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Polk Museum of Art invites artists – student, emerging, professional, and the just plain creative – to participate in the 2015 Art² Sale, a special exhibition and sale of original artwork. Artists donate a square piece of artwork ranging in size between 5″ x 5″ and 12″ x 12″ to the Museum. The pieces will be displayed in the Museum’s Hollis Gallery and sold November 13 through November 15, 2015.

The artworks are signed only on the back and exhibited anonymously, allowing people to choose artwork based only on aesthetic appeal. Art² is a chance for local artists to display their artwork alongside other artists’ work in a museum setting and to introduce their art to new viewers.

As a private non-profit, the Museum often depends on the generosity and support of the public. All proceeds from Art² go towards supplies for taking care of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Innoskate 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Polk Museum of Art  partnered with the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation, the International Association of Skateboard Companies and the City of Lakeland to present Innoskate 2014, which was held in conjunction with Go Skateboarding Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Professional skateboarders and Smithsonian representatives explored the intersection of art and innovation through the lens of skateboarding culture. Events included skating, clinics, panel discussions and more — at the Lakeland SkatePark on Lake Bonny and Team Pain obstacles, skateboard art exhibitions, panel discussions and demonstrations at Polk Museum of Art.


Innoskate 2013, Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk, Smithsonian Institution

Jeff Brodie
Chad Cardoza
Ryan Clements
Mike Frazier
Josh Friedberg
Betsy Gordon
Nick Halkias
Adam Justice
Rodney Mullen
Tim Payne
Paul Schmitt
Elissa Steamer