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.

2015-2016 Gallery Schedule

Robert Vickrey: Master of Magic Realism

September 4 – November 4
Join us to view the work of American master Robert Vickrey, one of the most celebrated "Magic Realist" artists of the 20th century and our biggest artist ever to exhibit in the Melvin Art Gallery. Credited with helping to revive the Renaissance tradition of egg-tempera painting, Vickrey infused his hyper-realist paintings with surreal atmospheres and dashes of fantasy, and this retrospective exhibition aims to unleash viewers' imaginations as they are introduced - or, for many, re-introduced - to Vickrey and his often uncannily familiar/unfamiliar painted worlds.

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

Catalogue available for purchase here.

All Student Exhibition

November 13 – December 7
Join us for the exhibition of current work from Florida Southern College art majors. This exhibition is displayed annually to demonstrate 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 awarded to a junior.

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

Hidden Agenda: The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell

January 22 – February 19
Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop + Multimedia Artist. See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color, iconic imagery, powerful themes and compelling social commentary.

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 22 – 7 p.m.

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

March 18 – 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 18 – 7 p.m.

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

April 8 – 28
We welcome you to join us in celebrating the culmination of our studio art seniors’ years at Florida Southern College. 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 8 – 7 p.m.

Annual Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition

May 13 – June 17
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 13 – 6 p.m.