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Polk Museum Of Art Showcasing Student Art Through Virtual Exhibit

Polk Museum Of Art Showcasing Student Art Through Virtual Exhibit

by James Coulter

The COVID-19 crisis may have closed the museum until further notice, but that hasn’t stopped them for showcasing the choicest artwork of students from local schools.

From now until September, the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland will be showcasing selections from the Polk County High School Fine Art Competition, with more than 60 art pieces created by students from Polk County schools, through a virtual gallery on their website.

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=First+Place>First Place<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finesti5a2cdrzgbf5fpuju5qz4wzgcz52bf 3z9sh>Shaun Morgan<a><br><em>Primal Influence<br><em>Ink and Marker<br>Harrison School for the Arts Grade 11<br>Instructors Rocky Bridges Beth Garcia Joshua Steele

The virtual exhibition can be accessed by visiting the Polk Museum of Art website and clicking on the “Our Finest” link, which will take guests to a virtual gallery where they can view up to 60 distinct pieces from local schools.

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Second+Place>Second Place<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finesttfi9ds71ryj4us8yl0ehnv5pxad8t8 24fkx>Alison McNeely<a><br><em>Tea for Two with a Frog<br><em>Ceramic<br>Kathleen High School Grade 11<br>Instructor Patrick Dragon

The exhibit will be showcasing artwork for their annual student exhibition, which was originally scheduled to be displayed in the George Jenkins Student Gallery at the museum. However, the current pandemic and stay-at-home order has forced the museum, as with other local businesses and institutions, to close until further notice.

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Third+Place>Third Place<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestaqzm84vaksl9y1l9ol07mn7ax9j8c2 gws4g>Grace Knox<a><br><em>Degraded<br><em>Mixed Media<br>Harrison School for the Arts Grade 10<br>Instructors Rocky Bridges Beth Garcia Joshua Steele

Ellen Chastain, Education Manager at the Polk Museum of Art, mentioned that the idea for the virtual exhibit was inspired a week after the museum was closed. As most of the art exhibits had already been photographed for posterity, the idea was to display these facsimiles online for the general public during the current situation, she explained.

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Merit+Award>Merit Award<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestvcctmq9t26r82o2z2pxo6mfkiwf4g7 z25hw>Brianna Wunsch<a><br><em>Gone<br><em>Digital Photography<br>Lakeland High School Grade 12<br>Instructor Kim Gallagher

“So after going home and working from home, we went through our exhibition material,” she said. “We had already taken photographs of all these pieces already, and so that allowed us the ability to put it online.”

The artwork within the exhibit were curated through a countywide juried competition among various local schools, created through a partnership among the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, the Polk Arts Alliance, Polk County Schools, and the Polk Museum of Art.

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Polk+County+Schools+Purchase+Award>Polk County Schools Purchase Award<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finest1g79tjcf5ttrjhkgp3ymxrubnqgv4u ytm9g>Kaiser Louis<a><br><em>Bessie<br><em>Mixed Media<br>Harrison School for the Arts Grade 10<br>Instructors Rocky Bridges Beth Garcia Joshua Steele

More than 300 pieces were entered into the competition from public, private, and home-schooled students. Of the artwork entered, 60 were rewarded and selected to be displayed within the exhibit.

These art pieces were judged in various categories. The top category was Polk County Commissioners Award, in which the winning piece will be displayed within in the Polk County Board of County Commission Building for a year.

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Polk+County+Commissioners+Award>Polk County Commissioners Award<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finest29m2pzasnx0gcu30klshf47ewd1sjl j7er7>Elizabeth Summers<a><br><em>Entrapment<br><em>Digital Art<br>Ridge Community High School Grade 9<br>Instructor Casey Hall

The Polk County Commissioners Award was conferred to “Entrapment”, a digital art piece depicting a heron with a fresh fish snared in its beak. This award-winning piece was created by Elizabeth Summers, a ninth grader from Ridge Community High School, instructed by Casey Hall.

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Merit+Award>Merit Award<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finest1m1ssj27kbfhg8y4waiennw8j3evxt 7856s>Kara Wilson<a><br><em>Tik Tokz<br><em>Mixed Media<br>Lake Region High School Grade 12<br>Instructor Angela Fout

“It is a really impressive group of students and talent for Polk County Schools,” Chastain said. “A lot of people will be impressed by what is here. Granted, it is not as personable as being in the gallery itself, seeing the art pieces up close, but this is certainly a great opportunity for us to make this virtual and accessible to everybody.”

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Polk+Museum+of+Art+Purchase+Award>Polk Museum of Art Purchase Award<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestaraugcqwiri38e2hjfsq4lswygm0ne mmeae>Ben Wilson<a><br><em>Funding<br><em>Mixed Media<br>Harrison School for the Arts Grade 10<br>Instructors Rocky Bridges Beth Garcia Joshua Steele

To view the virtual exhibit, click read: https://polkmuseumofart.org/our-finest-2020

<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Merit+Award>Merit Award<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestsznvx8fqjvxf88ocnqiok053k4176r m7jt6>Emma Galbraith<a><br><em>Identity<br><em>Mixed Media<br>Lakeland Christian School Grade 10<br>Instructor Kari Clever
<a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestcategory=Merit+Award>Merit Award<a><br><a href=httpspolkmuseumofartorggallery our finestw0qo4n5ngh538yoiz8u74fgdveyi6v 52ych>Jiayun Lucy Zhang<a><br><em>Night Blooming in Grandmas Yard<br><em>Acrylic<br>All Saints Academy Grade 11<br>Instructor Nancy Fonseca
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