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November Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by

Categories: Arts, Attractions, Event, Upcoming


Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of the American Automobile

Through December 6
This exhibition showcases the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design during the decades following World War II, a landmark period in car styling, through more than 100 drawings from the collection of Frederick A. Sharf. An eclectic mix of illustrations, from preliminary sketches to fully rendered works, provides a rare glimpse into the creative process at some of America’s premier car companies. Dating from an era when speed and power were increasingly important factors in automotive sales, these drawings show reference to the emerging technologies that influenced postwar car design, such as airplanes and rockets. “Future Retro” is on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Working Title: A Faculty Exhibition

Through December 13
Polk Museum of Art is proud to present its first exhibition of works by the accomplished arts faculty at two of Polk County’s prestigious colleges: Florida Southern College and Polk State College. This exhibition will be an opportunity for our audiences to see what these talented artists produce when they are not in the classroom. It also will offer students from the respective colleges an opportunity to learn from their professors by seeing and understanding their mentors’ more personal creative explorations. Featured artists will include Sarah Brewington Baulac, Eric Blackmore, Beth Ford, Joe Mitchell, Bill Otremsky, Sam Romero, Holly Scoggins, Kelly Sturhahn and David Woods.

“Coffee with the Artists,” an informal way to chat with the artists about their work, will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 8, at PMoA. Free to everyone.

Produced In-House: PMoA’s Graphicstudio Collection

October 18-February 26
Founded in 1968, the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio has earned a reputation among international artists as a place to brainstorm and produce new cutting-edge works of art. As a unique experimental workshop, Graphicstudio collaborates with some of the most respected artists of our time in order to preserve the important link between arts and education. The program has hosted a number of contemporary creative juggernauts, including Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Christian Marclay, among many others. Artworks produced by these artists while in residence at Graphicstudio are ultimately made available in limited series to public and private collections. Polk Museum of Art became a subscribing contributor to Graphicstudio in 1992, thanks to an acquisition fund founded in memory of Kent Harrison, the son of the late philanthropist Lois Cowles Harrison. As a subscribing member, the Museum is given special opportunities to acquire new works produced at Graphicstudio. These artworks hold an important place within the Museum’s Permanent Collection. This exhibition includes only a small portion of the Museum’s Graphicstudio collection and intends to celebrate the achievements made and barriers broken by USF’s important experimental project.


Artwork by Summer Art Camp Students

Through November 9
Polk Museum of Art will recognize work by the young artists who participated in Summer Art Camp this year. This exhibition is sponsored by MIDFLORIDA.

Art Out Loud: Artwork by Middle School Students

November 15-December 21
Awards Ceremony: 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6

An exhibition highlighting the artwork of Polk County’s middle school students.


Coffee with the Artists

Saturday, November 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Admission: Free

Meet the artists featured in “Working Title: A Faculty Exhibition” for coffee and an informal chat about their work.

Fall for Art Festival (November 13-15)

A series of events highlighting Central Florida and emerging artists and encouraging art collecting:

Art to Wear: Artisans Market

Thursday, November 13, noon-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Your favorite jewelers and artists are back to dazzle you with their unique creations. It’s a great opportunity to buy a wonderful, hand-crafted present for someone special in your life — or for yourself!

Tea at 2: Enjoy an afternoon of melodies, tea and dessert as you visit with the artisans who are showing their creations in our Art to Wear show. What a lovely way to start your holiday shopping! 2-4 p.m. Free admission.

Soiree: Meet your friends after work and share conversation, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and festive music at the annual Artisans Market Soiree. The holiday shopping season begins here!  6-8 p.m. Free admission.

Art2 Sale

Thursday-Saturday, November 13-15, during Museum hours
Admission: Free

Artists are donating artworks from 5×5 inches to 12×12 inches, with all proceeds benefiting the Museum. The artists’ names won’t be revealed; pick what you like, and then flip it over to see which artist’s work you chose! (Prices are $25 and up.)


Friday, November 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 members, $15 non-members

Art+Music kicks off our Art+ series of events that will offer new ways to experience the museum. Enjoy live ’50s music (rockabilly) by The Midnight Bowlers League from Tampa and The WildTones from Orlando as we celebrate the exhibition “Future Retro.” Light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a signature cocktail will be available. Break out your best 1950s attire for our costume contest! The night also will include car part painting, miniature car races and more.

The Art+ series is being organized by The Graces, a new group of young women interested in sharing their time and talents with the Museum. Other Art+ evenings will include Art+Food (January 23), Art+Fashion (April 17) and Art+Sk8 (June 20).   

Art Crawl

Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free

This second annual juried outdoor art show will feature about 40 emerging Central Florida artists selling affordable artwork in the PMoA parking lot. Most artworks will be available for less than $300. In addition to the art sale, there will be live music, demonstrations and food trucks. A limited number of arts organizations will have booths at the event, also.


Anyone wearing an “I Voted” sticker to the Museum on Tuesday, November 4, will be admitted for free.

Everyone will be admitted for free on Tuesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

The Museum will be closed Thursday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Museum will be open to the public on Friday, November 28, but administrative offices will be closed.


Meet Me at PMoA: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia

Thursday, November 20, 1 p.m.
Facilitator: Tinia Clark
Fee: Free (registration required)

This program provides an opportunity for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease (and related dementia) and their caregivers to engage in conversation about art on exhibit at the Museum. Participants will discuss art with a specially trained educator who will create an accepting and engaging environment in which the disease becomes a non-issue to allow participants to experience and interact with the artwork freely. This program is designed for people in the early stages of dementia and their care partners.

The program is offered on the third Thursday of every month; space is limited to 8 participants and their caregivers. To register, contact Matt Belcher at 863.688.5423 or MBelcher@PolkMuseumofArt.org.

Meet Me at PMoA is based on the MOMA Alzheimer’s Project and is a collaboration among Polk Museum of Art, Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and the Arts Ensemble International Education Foundation.


Elves Shelves Gift Shop

November 29-December 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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 wrapping station.

Family Art Workshops 

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Cost: FREE for everyone

November 1: Polk Museum of Art*

November 22: Mulberry Public Library

Family Art Workshops provide a safe, fun environment for families to participate together in hands-on activities led by an art educator. Workshops are held at the Museum and at facilities in Polk County as a part of our ongoing community outreach efforts.

* A 30-minute tour of the main exhibition will be given preceding workshops at the Museum. Tours begin at 10 a.m.

After School Art

Mondays, October 13-November 17, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE for members, $5 per child for non-members

Art classes for children and their families. Every week our educator presents a new project for children of all ages and abilities. No registration required.


About the Museum

Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for Museum members. General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older). Children and students with student IDs are admitted for free. Special exhibition fees may apply. Admission is free to all on Thursdays, thanks to our partnership with the Chao Foundation; Fridays, thanks to our BB&T; and Saturdays, thanks to MIDFLORIDA. The Museum is fully accessible.

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