Students from Polk State and Florida Southern colleges will engage in a daylong series of art education at the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College with this year’s theme, Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens.
The event will take place Wednesday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 800 E. Palmetto St. in Lakeland. Please note that this is a free, private event for students, faculty, and staff of the higher education institutions. The full schedule is available here.
“We are thrilled to once again bring a day full of enriching activities to our students, who will undoubtedly take away critical knowledge and appreciation for the arts,” Polk State President Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “I want to thank Florida Southern and Polk Museum of Art for their continued partnership, which makes opportunities like this possible for Polk County’s students.”
Polk State College Day at the Museum, in its third year, celebrates this strong partnership between Polk State and Florida Southern, in conjunction with the Polk Museum of Art, to bring art education and enriching experiences to students and the greater community.
The day will include several presentations, discussions, and a painting demonstration by Polk State and Florida Southern fine art and humanities professors, as well as a behind-the-scenes look from Polk Museum of Art curatorial staff regarding the making of the Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens exhibition.
“Polk State College and the Polk Museum of Art have built an increasingly robust partnership since 2008,” noted Polk Museum of Art Executive Director and Chief Curator Dr. Alex Rich. “The Museum staff and I are delighted to collaborate with Polk State and Florida Southern faculty to offer undergraduate students this special day of learning about the 19th-century Impressionist art movement.”
The activities will conclude with a reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Hollis Gallery, where Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne Kerr, Dr. Falconetti, and Dr. Rich will share remarks about the power of this partnership.
“We are very fortunate to work with Dr. Falconetti and the Polk State College fine arts and humanities faculty in developing this extraordinary series of interdisciplinary seminars for our students,” stated Dr. Kerr. ”Our academic collaborations across various curricula grow stronger each year and our students benefit greatly because of it.”