Unfiltered: Self Taught Artists from the Permanent Collection

March 7 – May 13, 2009

Perkins Gallery

Outside of the world of academic art training, ordinary people pick up brush or clay and create artistic objects. Sometimes these things have personal meanings and sometimes they are meant to simply be decorative. Although the skill level varies, these pieces are admired and collected by individual and museums alike.

Three years after its first popular exhibition of work by self-taught artists in its permanent collection, Polk Museum of Art presents an exhibition of more than 30 works. Most of these works have been acquired since the 2006 exhibition and many come from Florida’s large contingent of talented artists, including Jack Beverland, Tony Garan, Alyne Harris, Mary Proctor, Mary Jo Snell, and Ruby C. Williams.


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