This week at the Museum!
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This Week at the Museum 

Welcome our new permanent exhibition . . .

Spirits: African and Oceanic Art from the Dr. Alan and Linda Rich Collection

Just over a year ago, the Polk Museum of Art welcomed visitors to its original exhibition “Spirits: Ritual and Ceremonial African and Oceanic Art from the Dr. Alan and Linda Rich Collection,” a full-scale show that displayed one-of-kind, artisan-made ritual and ceremonial art objects collected from across Africa and Papua New Guinea and generously lent by Lakeland locals Dr. Alan and Linda Rich. Following the success of the 2019 exhibition and their experience working with the Museum to present the show, the Riches gifted their extensive collection to be displayed permanently in a dedicated gallery space at the Museum.

The newly renovated gallery contains objects from over nine different countries including a unique collection of objects that were often used for practical or ceremonial purposes and interwoven deeply into the cultures and spiritual practices of the individuals who created them. The gallery also tells the multi-decade story of the Riches and their philanthropic medical care trips. The primary purpose of each trip was medical care, namely performing eye surgery for the blind (often the result of cataracts) and disfigured (often from cancers or crossed-eyes). Along the way, the Riches grew their collection and gained a better understanding of each respective culture by means of its art. 

The Spirits gallery is now open and available for viewing! Come in today to experience the incredible narrative of the Riches' medical journeys, view the extensive collection, and learn about how the cultures of the objects' artisans are inextricable from the objects themselves.


Virtual Tour of Toulouse-Lautrec

Join Dr. Alex Rich for a virtual tour of our largest exhibition yet, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Belle Époque
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Upcoming Events 

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FSC Summer Interns 


July 9 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm!

As a culminating experience of their summers at the Museum, undergraduate interns in the Polk Museum Summer Internship Program will lecture in the galleries on specialized topics, offering visitors a unique and fresh perspective on current exhibitions. Come support our academic programming and future museum professionals!

Point of View Gallery Talk

We're Hiring! 

Join our Museum team today by becoming our Security and Operations Assistant! 

This full-time position is responsible for day-to-day security of the building, monitoring the galleries, and ensuring a positive experience for our guests. The ideal candidate will also have familiarity and experience with building operations, general cleaning, and maintenance. 

Spread the word and learn more about the position by clicking the button below!
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. 
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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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