Skip To Content

The Melvin And Burks Galleries

Dedicated to supporting learning at Florida Southern College by providing opportunities for students and the public to think critically about work by internationally-recognized artists of both the past and the present.


It is the mission of the Galleries to foster stimulating experiences and dialogues about art that will inspire students not only to study art and its history but also to find creative inspiration for their own studio and graphic design work.

The Melvin and Burks Galleries bring a wide array of outstanding shows to Lakeland, exhibiting the work of established and visiting artists throughout the year as well as showcases of student work.

The Galleries are free and open to the general public. All are encouraged to attend gallery openings, artist talks, and related events.

Gallery Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
(when the College is in session.)

There is no admission charge for Melvin & Burks Galleries events. For more information, call 863.680.4743 x248.

AAMG logo

Questions? Contact

Diane Baires Diane Baires

Gallery Curator

 863.688.7743 x248

H. Alexander Rich H. Alexander Rich, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Associate Professor

Executive Director, Polk Museum

George and Dorothy Forsythe Endowed Chair in Art History and Museum Studies

Polk Museum of Art

 863.688.7743 x234