Florida Southern College

Melvin Gallery

The Melvin Gallery provides an opportunity to study both historical and contemporary artworks by nationally and internationally recognized artists and designers.

It is the mission of the gallery to provide a stimulating experience that will inspire students’ creativity in their own work.

Operated by FSC’s Department of Art and Art history, the Melvin Art Gallery brings truly outstanding exhibitions to Lakeland. Open to the general public, we encourage you to attend our openings and events.


Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(when the College is in session.)

There is no admission charge for Melvin Gallery events. For more information, call 863.680.4743.

2014-2015 Gallery Schedule

Australia and New Zealand; Photographs from 2014 Study Abroad Trip

August 29 – September 12
During the month of May, Florida Southern students and faculty embarked on a special study-abroad trip to Australia and New Zealand. The photographs, taken by students and faculty in Advanced and Beginning Digital Photography classes taught by Sam Romero, Kathy Blackmore, and Eric Blackmore, document their travels and unique cultural encounters. The selected images were edited, refined, and printed by the students.

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 29 – 7 p.m.

A Demonstration of Contemporaryu Art in New York

September 19 – October 31
FSC is pleased to present the works of two New York contemporary artists—Jennifer Viola and Daniel Derwelis. This exhibition of varied artwork will include large oil paintings and watercolor studies by Daniel Derwelis that demonstrate a blend of figuration, landscape, and abstraction, as well as Jennifer Viola’s series of talking self-portraits, a series of images in mixed media. Come experience the talent on the contemporary New York art scene.

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 19 – 7 p.m.

All Student Exhibition

November 14 – December 5
Join us for the exhibition of current work from Florida Southern College art majors. Displayed annually, this exhibition demonstrates once again why FSC’s Department of Art and Art History has gained the reputation as one of the strongest centers of art study in the southeast. During the opening reception, the prestigious Florida Art Award is presented to a junior art major.

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 14 – 7 p.m.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

January 16 – February 25
Featured in this innovative exhibition are recent works by Miami-based artists Jee Park and Clara Varas.  This exciting show will examine painting as a medium reinventing itself with works that are hybrid in nature and straddle the fence between drawing, collage, assemblage, sculpture, and installation.  Through the use of unconventional materials and fresh approaches to mark making, this survey of contemporary work seeks to further discredit the clich├ęd notion that “painting is dead.” Rather, it is a medium constantly evolving.

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 16 – 7 p.m.

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

March 13 – 31
Known for the creativity and professionalism they bring to their work in both print and digital media, Florida Southern’s senior graphic designers share the culmination of their collegiate study in this exciting exhibition. A highly anticipated feature of the opening reception is the announcement of the senior graphic design awards.

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 13 – 7 p.m.

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

April 3 – 23
Each year, many of our senior studio art majors go on to top graduate programs. Join us in celebrating the culmination of their study at Florida Southern College in this exhibition, where you will be both delighted and inspired by the creative freshness and the polish of their work. The John R. Reuter Studio Art Award will be announced at the opening reception.

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 3 – 7 p.m.

Annual Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition

May 15 – June 12
As it has for more than thirty years, the Melvin Art Gallery once again hosts the Annual Spring Exhibition of the Lakeland Art Guild. Founded in 1952, the Guild is Lakeland’s oldest community arts organization, with its members known regionally and nationally for their originality, skill, and finesse. The announcement of the Guild’s annual awards will be made at the exhibition’s opening reception.

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 15 – 6 p.m.