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The museum hosts several exhibitions per year in the George Jenkins Gallery that feature artwork by Polk County School District students. From each of these exhibitions, one piece is purchased by the Museum to be added to our Student Collection.

Creative Youth: 15th Congressional District Competition

March 7 - April 16, 2017
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, April 8, 11am

This annual exhibition features works from high school students in the 15th Congressional District. The exhibit is organized through the efforts of Polk Museum of Art and the offices of U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross. The Congressional Award winning piece will travel to Washington, D.C., to be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with other winning works from districts throughout the nation.

Sponsored by: Joy and Mike Martin, Burnetti Children’s Foundation and Burnetti, P.A.

Transcendence: Polk County High School Exhibition

April 22 - May 21, 2017
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, April 29, 11am

Artwork by students grades 9-12 from  Polk County School District high schools.

Sponsored by: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Art Out Loud: Artwork by Middle School Students

May 27 - August 27, 2017
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, August 26, 11am 

An exhibition highlighting the artwork of  Polk County School District middle school students.

Sponsored by: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

VSA Florida

This exhibition highlights work from Very Special Arts (VSA) of Polk County. This program is for gifted students and students with emotional, physical or cognitive challenges who are enrolled in Polk County School District Schools. The art works selected for the exhibition represent a wide variety of media and techniques.

Sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union and supported by VSA Florida

Learning to Be Me:  K- 2nd Grade Elementary Students Exhibition

November 12 - December 11, 2016
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, November 19, 11am and 1pm

This exhibition showcases the creative achievements of K-2 students of Polk County School District elementary school students. This year, the exhibition highlights artwork from twenty four district elementary schools. Certificates and awards are presented to encourage further development of these students’ artistic aptitude. The awards ceremony and reception will be on November 19, 2016 at 11am, and 1pm. 

Sponsored by: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, Publix Super Markets Charities and Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Polk County Senior Exhibition

December 17 - January 22, 2017
Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6pm

This exhibition spotlights the outstanding achievements of Polk County School District high school students through an exhibition featuring the artwork of the 2016-17 senior class. Certificates and awards are presented to recognize and encourage these art students. The awards ceremony and reception will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6pm.

Sponsored by: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Harrison School for the Arts Senior Exhibition

January 28 - February 26, 2017
Reception: Friday, February 10, 2017, 6pm

Senior visual art students present their graduating body of artwork from the Harrison School for the Arts.

Sponsored by: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Kids Tag Art

Awards Ceremony: March 2017, at Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College
Reception: Tuesday March 7 2017, at Polk Museum of Art

A program by the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office featuring license tags designed by 5th grade students from Polk County schools. All proceeds from the sale of the tags go to classroom art supplies. Order your Kids Tag Art tags HERE.

Kids Tag Art is hosted by the Polk County Tax Collectors Office and sponsored by Southern Homes; Douglass Screen Printers Inc.; Vecchio, Carrier & Feldman, P.A.; Florida Heart Research Institute; Junior Woman’s Club of Lakeland; Lake Wales Art Center; Polk Arts Alliance; Alphagraphics; Polk Education Foundation; the Polk County School Board; and Polk Museum of Art.

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