Visual Arts

Polk State College’s Visual Arts Department is inviting students to enter its 2024 Student Exhibition and Competition.

Students can enter the following categories: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, and/or Design (including digital or moving image).

All Polk State students are eligible to enter, meaning entrants are not required to be majors of The Arts programs. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 3.

Art will be on exhibit from April 10 through May 3 with a reception scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All art should be picked up between May 3 and May 10.

 Submission rules apply. An entry form with guidelines and details can be found here.

 The artwork will be accepted at the discretion of the Gallery Committee. For more information or questions, contact Nancy Lozell, Program Manager for The Arts, at

To be considered for a scholarship, please email an active link to that includes the following:

• A completed, signed, and initialed scholarship form. download here

• A PowerPoint slideshow that includes between 10-15 of your best artworks. Slides should include title, year, materials, dimensions, course (if applicable), and any other pertinent information. Please include your name and contact information.

• A resume or contact information sheet and inventory list.

• Returning scholarship students do not need to submit a portfolio. Please fill out the scholarship form and email it to



Polk State Visual Arts is led by faculty members who have decades of professional educational experience, and who encourage students to not only develop and diversify their artistic skills but to also explore and pursue arts-related careers.

The department’s Associate of Arts degree with a Visual Art Pathway allows students to receive a two-year degree concentrating on Visual Art. This degree pathway prepares students to transfer to bachelor’s degrees including but not limited to Studio Art, Ceramics, Painting, Art Education, Photography, Graphic Design, Animation, and more. Students study a wide range of artistic expressions, from fundamentals of design and drawing to advanced levels of studio art and photography. Our Winter Haven Facilities boast sprawling studio spaces and a state-of-the-art photography lab.

Students are also afforded numerous opportunities to showcase their work and participate in competitions. The College itself regularly hosts student art shows, and faculty members support students in entering competitions outside the College as well.