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LAKELAND, Fla. (February 18, 2022) – Dr. Anne B. Kerr, president of Florida Southern College (FSC), is announcing a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation at the Polk Museum of Art (PMoA).

What: The Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Fla., will undergo a multi-million dollar major expansion that will add significant space to the 38,000 square feet building.

When: February 22, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Where: Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland, Fla. 33801. The media event

will be livestreamed on FSC and PMoA Facebook pages.

Who: Dr. Anne B. Kerr along with Lakeland Mayor H. William “Bill” Mutz, Lynda Buck, president of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. H. Alexander Rich, executive director and chief curator of PMoA, will speak about the major expansion.

Why: The renovation and expansion will add significant square feet of multi-purpose space to the world-class academic museum. FSC’s Department of Art History & Museum Studies currently resides inside the museum, the only program of its kind nationally housed inside of a museum.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in the state. It maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive

graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the top 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 “Best Colleges” guide, and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2021 “386 Best Colleges” guide, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021,” and Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges.” Home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, FSC was twice named “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” by The Princeton Review, and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest. Connect with Florida Southern College.

About the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a not-for-profit, teaching museum that seeks to enhance lives through inspirational and engaging art experiences for all. It is the largest and only nationally accredited visual arts organization in Polk County and the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in Central Florida. The Museum’s hours are Tuesdays–Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm, and closed Mondays and major holidays. The facility is handicapped accessible and special needs assistance is available. Admission is free, thanks to our Strategic Partner, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation.

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