Original Architecture and Conceptual Expansions for the

Polk Museum of Art

Polk Museum of Art
Civic / Institutional
37,000 SF

Project Description

The Polk Museum of Art is a nationally accredited Smithsonian Affiliate Museum in Lakeland, Florida. It is a member of the Florida Association of Museums and is ranked among the top art museums in the state of Florida. Since its academic affiliation with Florida Southern College in 2017, the Museum has unceasingly continued to support the arts within the local community while increasing and improving academic opportunities for students, faculty, and the general public. The Polk Museum of Art was one of 21 museums selected to be featured in Museum Design – Planning and Building for Art published by Oxford University Press in association with the American Confederation of Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts.  The museum was also recognized in Florida Trend magazine in an article titled “Works of Art Within A Work of Art.”

The museum currently displays art from the Pre-Columbian era through the contemporary, featuring hundreds of works each year in a variety of exhibits. These exhibits often revolve around a central theme or idea and link artworks from the ancient past with those of modern artists. The Polk Museum of Art now boasts a permanent collection of over 2,800 works and several traveling exhibits that provide diverse displays ranging from American folk art, modern masters, Japanese prints and textiles, to African art, a permanent Pre-Columbian display, and much more.

As the Museum’s perennial design partner, it is with elevated pride that STA has completed multiple iterations of potential expansions, designed to meet the continually evolving needs of the Museum in terms of curation, academic programming, and the local community.