2008 – 2009 Lakeland Sculpture Invitational

September 2008 – August 2009

A Joint Project of Polk Museum of Art and the City of Lakeland
Lemon Street Promenade, Downtown Lakeland

Selected artists:

  • Carl Billingsley
  • Charles Brouwer
  • Hanna Jubran

Polk Museum of Art has been working with the City of Lakeland since 1999 to place sculpture on the Lemon Street Promenade. In the past, we’ve presented two one-person exhibitions, and seven years of the Floirda Outdoor Sculpture Competition. This year, due to budget concerns, the City of Lakeland decided to try something different. Supporters of recent sculpture projects raised enough private funding to support an invitational exhibition.

The Lakeland Sculpture Invitational, showcases four or five works by three artists, instead of the ten artists that were displayed as part of the Sculpture Competition. The sculptures are installed on the three blocks of the Lemon Street Promenade between South Florida and Massachussetts Avenues.

In the Summer of 2008, artists were asked to submit images of their work for consideration. A small panel of City and Museum staff then selected three artists and invited them to bring pieces for display. Each artist was given one block of the Promenade for his work. This year, Carl Billingsley has the block between South Florida and Tennessee, Hanna Jubran has the block between Tennessee and Kentucky, and Charles Brouwer has the block between Kentucky and Massachussetts.


  • Cowles Charitable Trust
  • Dorothy Chao Jenkins
  • Ron and Becky Johnson
  • Reitzel Foundation
  • Swain Companies and Affiliates