Edward Willis,
Edward Willis, "Redfield Road and Rivers," from the Daywood art collection

Art collection on view >
“American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection”
On view through October 24, 2021 | PolkMuseumofArt.org/Impressionism

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is presenting audiences with an incomparable peek not merely into the incredible story of Impressionism’s rise in the United States but also into the influential world of private collecting.

“American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection” features 41 rarely-seen Impressionist paintings originally from the private collection of Arthur Dayton and Ruth Woods Dayton (whose surnames combine to create the collection’s portmanteau name: “Day-Wood”).

Celebrated as patrons of the arts in West Virginia and as consequential collectors of American art, the Daytons developed a fine art collection that exceeded 200 works. This extraordinary and beautiful exhibition exemplifies how the support of patrons like the Daytons helped American Impressionists claim their niche in the art world, allowing them to hone their crafts, survive as artists, and find national acclaim at the turn of the 20th century.

Also on view at the Polk Museum of Art:

“Hindsight 2020: A Year Later”
On view until December 26, 2021 | PolkMuseumofArt.org/AYearLater

In this new installment of “Hindsight 2020,” the museum selected nine artworks from its online exhibition to revisit and to present for the first time in its galleries as an opportunity to reflect further upon how our lives have changed in the past year.

With rays of hope and setbacks along the way, our community understands the challenges we continue to face each day. Yet, alongside the familiar iconography of masks and the feelings of uncertainty that are still prevalent today, we found that our community cherishes even the smallest moments spent together, no matter how mundane they may appear.

One year later, we have proven that, despite our perceived differences, our community is unified through its shared experiences and resilience.

Deborah Biasetti, "New Norm," watercolor, 15 x 11 in.
Deborah Biasetti, “New Norm,” watercolor, 15 x 11 in., created May 2020

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