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.

Operated by the Department of Art & Art History, it is the mission of the gallery to provide a stimulating experience that will inspire students’ creativity in their own work.

One of the nicest galleries in the Southeast, operated by the Department of Art & Art History, 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.

2013-2014 Gallery Schedule

Teaching and Creating:
The Art of the FSC Faculty

October 16 through November 8
We are delighted to present work by our art department’s inspirational faculty. The exhibition will present various works in several different media, including painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and installation. Please join us to view the talent that represents our program.

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 25 – 7 p.m.

22 Years of Art: Collected by Jim and Ann Rogers from Exhibitions at Florida Southern College

January 31 through February 28
We are pleased to present a retrospective exhibition featuring artwork that has been collected by Jim and Ann Rogers during their time working at Florida Southern College. The Rogers’ have worked here for the past 22 years, and have collected several works of art from alumni, faculty, and non-faculty artist who have exhibited their work in the Melvin Art Gallery. In this exhibition, we will bring these pieces together for an unforgettable show. Many of the pieces will be up for sale—all profits will go to the department of art and art history.

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 31 – 7 p.m.

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

April 4 through April 25
We welcome you to join us in celebrating the culmination of our studio art seniors’ years at FSC. You will be delighted and inspired by the creativity and brilliance of our students’ work. Each year, several of our intelligent, highly motivated studio art seniors go on to top graduate programs.

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 4 – 7 p.m.

All Student Exhibition

November 15 through December 5
Join us for the exhibition of current work from Florida Southern art majors. See why our Department of Art and Art History has gained the reputation as one of the strongest in the Southeast. During our exhibition opening, the highly anticipated Florida Art Award is presented to a junior art major.

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 15 – 7 p.m.

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

March 14 through March 31
Come see the creativity and professionalism that Florida Southern’s senior graphic designers have to offer in print and digital media. The senior graphic design awards will be announced at the opening reception.

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

Annual Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition

May 9 through June 6
Once again, as it has for over thirty years, the Melvin Art Gallery hosts the Annual Spring Exhibition of the Lakeland Art Guild. Founded in 1952, the Guild is Lakeland’s oldest community arts organization. Please join us at the exhibition opening for the announcement of awards given by select judges.

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 9 – 6 p.m.