The Museum's collection of Modern and Contemporary Art began with a focus on art made within the state of Florida by transplants and visiting artists. The artists represented in the collection mirror the great diversity within the statewide population, including works by Cuban-American and other Latino artists, African-American artists and Asian-American artists.
The collection has grown to include works by nationally and internationally recognized artists, , as well as African and Pre-Columbian collections and British and European Decorative Arts from the 15th- to 20th-centuries.
Of note is the collection of Korean Silla-period ceramic and metal objects dated 300-900 CE; 19th- and 20th-century Chinese and Japanese ceramics, ivories, and textiles; Chinese and Japanese scrolls; Japanese woodblock prints; and Indian decorative arts. Of particular significance is a portfolio of rare 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi depicting the Thirty-two Aspects of Women and a group of 48 ceramic objects by noted 20th-century Japanese artists.
50 paintings and drawings from the museum’s permanent collection of Brooks' work
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Presenting the artist’s first major painting retrospective
Multimedia installation focuses on the psychological landscape of paradise and the mythology of Florida
The rediscovery of a damaged, long-lost painting and its surprising history and cultural influence
Pairing the Fables of La Fontaine etchings (1952) with his Story of Exodus lithographs (1966)
Revealing the artist’s mastery in depicting lifelike movement
Intimate, 3-dimensional works explore the inner worlds of art history's great masters
Showcasing a lifetime of wood and stone sculptures
Explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century
A contemporary spin on Old-Master-style painting
Artwork by area students
Work devoid of preconceived ideas and direction
Work by Polk County students, grades K through 5
Emotionally charged imagery of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's
The work of graduating seniors
Polk County High School Exhibition