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This Week at the Museum

Looking for a creative way to get in the fall spirit? Look no further than our “Polk Museum of Pumpkin Contest”!

Whether you're inspired by the season, your favorite piece of art, or just want to unleash your (spookily talented) inner artist, we're looking for the most cleverly artistic pumpkins in Polk County! Create your pumpkin using a variety of materials, take a picture, and submit it to us through the form below to be entered to win in one of four categories!

How to Submit Your Pumpkin

  1. Create your pumpkin using any material can be used to create your pumpkin. From paint and markers to carving tools and glitter, create your pumpkin in a way that inspires you!

  2. Submit your pumpkin online by clicking the button below by Friday, October 29 at Midnight. All winners will be posted on November 2 on our website and social media!

  3. Have fun! We can't wait to see your ooky spooky — or not so spooky — pumpkin creations!

Submit your Pumpkin!


American Impressionism

Treasures from the Daywood Collection 
On view though October 28, 2021
We're extending the show! We're giving you a few extra days to view American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection. Learn more about the exhibition and plan your visit through the button below! 

American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection features 41 rarely-seen Impressionist paintings originally from the private collection of Arthur Dayton and Ruth Woods Dayton (whose surnames combine to create the collection’s portmanteau name: “Day-Wood”). Celebrated as patrons of the arts in West Virginia and as consequential collectors of American art, the Daytons developed a fine art collection that exceeded 200 works. This extraordinary and beautiful exhibition exemplifies how the support of patrons like the Daytons helped American Impressionists claim their niche in the art world, allowing them to hone their crafts, survive as artists, and find national acclaim at the turn of the 20th century.
Visit American Impressionism


After School Art

Mondays, September 27 - November 1
Doors open at 4:20 pm 

After School Art is designed for the parent and child to learn creative new skills together. Come join us for a new lesson each week using different medium and learn about the elements of art. Our activities are easily designed to be recreated at home to further enhance your young artists’ skills - and yours, too!

Doors open at 4:20 pm. Space is limited; be sure to arrive early to secure your spot!

After School Art is free for Members; $5 per child per class for Non-Members

Learn more about After School Art!

Workshop: Oil Painting

With Kate Carney: Irresistible Focus on Complimentary Colors 
Saturday, December 11 | 10 am to 4 pm 
This fun, interactive workshop focuses on understanding and using complementary colors in an expressive manner, which is part of the magic of Impressionist painting. This is a hands-on day of painting, and artists will work along with Kate learning, growing, making messes, laughing, and best of all...creating. After displaying a piece implementing the techniques to be learned that day, Kate then demonstrates each stage of the process and gives the artists the chance to work on their own iris paintings. 
Register for our Oil Painting Workshop!
As we begin our 2021-2022 exhibition season, we hope you will partake in all the Museum has to offer both in-person and virtually. If you're in a position to support us, please consider making a donation in any amount to help us keep the Museum going during this time of financial difficulties. 
Don't forget to follow us on social media for updates! 
Exhibitions and programs are sponsored in part by
the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture
and the State of Florida, the City of Lakeland and Visit Central Florida.

Admission to the Museum is underwritten by our generous Strategic Partner.


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