Albin Polasek Museum And Sculpture Gardens

Albin Polasek Museum And Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Avenue
407-647-6294

History:

The mission of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is:

To promote the legacy of internationally known sculptor, Albin Polasek, N.A. and to encourage study, appreciation and the furtherance of representational art.

In 1961, the Albin Polasek Foundation was founded by the sculptor and his wife, and at that time, the Residence, Galleries, Chapel and Gardens were opened to the public as a museum. Because it was originally intended as a simple residence, the property is different from the standard Florida estate. The residence is not lavish, as Polasek had a deep appreciation for an uncomplicated aesthetic. Similarly, the gardens are quiet and subdued, utilizing gardening art in classic form.

The Foundation has contributed to the culture of Winter Park and Central Florida in many ways, including the donation of sculptures Forest Idyl and Emily Fountain to the City of Winter Park; long-term loan of Man Carving His Own Destiny to the Winter Park Public Library; art scholarships to the University of Central Florida, Rollins College and Crealde School of Art. Other contributions have been granted to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Brown University and the Art Institute of Chicago. A sister city relationship between the City of Winter Park and Polasek’s hometown of Frenstat, Moravia, was established in 1996.

Beginning in 1998, the museum’s staff and Board of Directors renewed their commitment to actively promote Albin Polasek’s legacy based on a coordinated, long-range improvement plan. The plan focuses on renovating and expanding the museum, increasing public awareness of the museum, and developing cultural and educational programs. Through their efforts, the museum was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. In addition, Albin Polasek was granted posthumously the honor of Great Floridian 2000 and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. A museum assessment (MAP I) and collection assessment (CAP) have been completed as part of the American Association of Museums ongoing assistance program. In 2001 a facilities assessment was conducted, thanks in part to a grant from the State of Florida, Division of Historical Resources. Phase I of Stabilization and Restoration work has been completed, funded in part by a DHR grant for $243,000. The Foundation continues fundraising for the preservation of this modest estate, the restoration of Polasek’s art collection and the advancement of his legacy.


Recent News

How will you Support the Arts in 2018?

Invest in the arts this holiday seasonThank you for for being a friend of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens! With your support we have shared Albin Polasek’s inspiring story with thousands of visitors, connected with artists near…

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Want To Make An Impact With Your IRA’s Required Distribution?

If you are 70 and 1/2, did you know that you can reduce your taxes while supporting your favorite local arts organization? A popular giving option among Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden supporters is to donate from your IRA’s Require…

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Winter Park Paint Out

Are you a plein air artist? Want to be a part of the 2019 Winter Park Paint Out? The deadline to apply is quickly approaching! Visit our website here to download the application and submit by November 1, 2018 to…

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10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out 2018

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will host its 10th Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out dur­ing the last full week of April 2018. Twenty-five pro­fes­sion­ally acclaimed plein air artists will roam across our c…

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Albin Polasek Museum And Sculpture Gardens News - November 17, 2017

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The Museum Will Be Closing Due to Hurricane Irma

MUSEUM AND CAPEN HOUSE CLOSURE Due to damage from Hurricane Irma, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens and Capen House will closed till  Friday, September 18 and will tentatively re-open on September 19, at 10 a.m. Thank you for yo…

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Albin Polasek Museum And Sculpture Gardens News - January 18, 2017

Your Support Made a Difference!Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Polasek Museum’s year-end campaign. Because of your generous support, we received 158 gifts in 2016 totaling $55,594 as well as an estate gift of $117,194. We are so thankf…

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Winter Park Paint Out 2016

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will host its eighth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out dur­ing the last full week of April 2016. Twenty-five pro­fes­sion­ally acclaimed plein air artists will roam across our charm­ing city cap…

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8th Annual Winter Park Paint Out

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will host its eighth Annual Winter Park Paint Out during the last full week of April 2016. Twenty-five professionally acclaimed plein air artists will roam across our charming city capturing many of yo…

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Shapely Ves­sels: Gourds From Around the World

May 5 - August 9, 2015Prized for their infi­nite uses and imme­di­ately rec­og­niz­able by their volup­tuous forms, gourds are one of mankind’s ear­li­est domes­ti­cated plants. Fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line at the same time, carved or …

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Exhibition - Behind the Cur­tain: MicheLee Pup­pets and the Art of Pup­petry

For­get about what you think you know about pup­pets and allow The Polasek Museum and MicheLee Pup­pets to sur­prise you in this col­lab­o­ra­tive exhi­bi­tion. Truly sculp­tural in form and intri­cacy, explore the rich and mul­ti­cul­…

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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens On View February 2014

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Capen-Showalter House Afloat: The House Is On The Move

What: The Capen-Showalter House will soon be on Lake Osceola floating on a barge. The house will be moved across the lake in a one-of-a-kind effort to its new location at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. The house will be cut into two …

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Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade to Feature Capen-Showalter House to Dazzle Viewers: December 14, 2013

Winter Park, FL - The Rotary Club of Winter Park presents, along with Southeast Marine Sales, the 9th Annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights and Ski Show which will take place December 14th on Lakes Virginia and Osceola. The Winter P…

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Polasek Museum Obtains Planning and Zoning Approval for Capen-Showalter House Re-Location and Re-Use

Winter Park, FL -  Leaders of Preservation Capen proudly announce the Planning & Zoning Board and the City Commission of the City of Winter Park reviewed and unanimously approved amending the development agreement for the Albin Polasek Museu…

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Rally in the Park to Save the Capen House

Winter Park, FL -- Advocates for saving Winter Park's historic Capen-Showalter House are holding a public awareness event and “enthusiasm-rally” in Central Park next to the Rose Garden. The rally, co-hosted by the popular Facebook site &l…

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Preservation Capen Project Kickoff and Press Program

Winter Park, FL - Regional community leaders are gathering in the gardens of The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens to officially kick-off a three-month fundraising challenge to save Winter Park’s historic Capen-Showalter House on Int…

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A Special Demonstration Part II: Molding a Classical Sculpture

Winter Park, FL -- Two weeks ago, Peter Forester created a classical portrait bust at The Polasek using a live model in just six hours. Visitors watched as the portrait took shape in clay before their eyes! By public demand, Forester will continue wi…

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2014 Winter Park Paint Out Call for Artists

- 2014 Winter Park Paint Out will run from April 20 - 26, 2014- Application period open from July 2013 - Friday, October 18, 2013 by 5:00pm- Artists will be notified of acceptance November 1, 2013 The Win­ter Park Paint Out is a JURIED entry even…

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Keep the Capen House: Move it or Lose it!

WINTER PARK, FL---The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, in partnership with the Friends of Casa Feliz and the Winter Park Historical Association, along with a leadership committee comprised of preservation-minded citizens, announce the of…

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Tai Chi Sessions in The Polasek Gardens

Winter Park, FL - We are pleased to offer a six week experience in The Polasek Gardens of Tai Chi. Instructor Bill Burnette will lead Tai Chi enthusiasts in the practice of Tai Chi in the serene and scenic Polasek sculpture gardens. Beginners and adv…

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A Special Demonstration: Sculpting a Classical Portrait

Winter Park, FL -- Visitors to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will notice many “classical portrait busts” on display in the historic home. A “bust” is the upper shoulders and head of a person, representing th…

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Exhibition - Awakening: The Art of Ursula Schwartz

Winter Park, FL - Awakening: The Art of Ursula Schwartz Bold, mysterious, and thought provoking . . . . let your inner self awake and be stirred by the artwork and poetry of Ursula Schwartz.  This introspective exhibit features a sampling of lar…

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Exhibit: From Start To Finish: The Florida Sculptors Guild Exhibition

WINTER PARK, FL---Providing an insightful behind-the-scenes experience, the Start to Finish exhibition will highlight the processes used to create each sculpture. Through photographs, sketches, and models, visitors will see how sculpture develops fro…

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The Fifth Annual Winter Park Paint Out! April 21st – April 27th 2013

Winter Park, FL -- The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens hosts the Fifth Annual Winter Park Paint Out during the last week of April 2013.  Twenty-five of the finest “plein air” artists will be painting throughout Winter Pa…

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Polasek Museum Presents: Creative Pots With Hypertufa

Winter Park, FL -- Garden Volunteer, Janet Mercer, is hepped up on Hypertufa, a manmade rock created from various materials bonded together with Portland cement. Popular for making garden ornaments, pots, and lanterns, it is lighter than concrete and…

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Free Presentation and Demo by Florida Highwaymen, Kelvin Hair

The Polasek Museum celebrates the Roots of Plein Air Painting: Free Presentation and Demo by Florida Highwaymen, Kelvin HairWinter Park, FL -- The 2013 Winter Park Paint Out kicks off with a splash of Florida History in this special demonstration and…

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An Exciting Project Will Be Happening At The Polasek Museum!

WINTER PARK, FL---Have you ever wondered how a sculpture replica is made? Do you want to learn more about the casting process? Here’s your chance! Sculpture House Casting, Inc. of New York will be casting one of Albin Polasek’s most power…

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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens News - December 2012

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Artwork Thought Destroyed by Nazis Now on Display at the Polasek Museum

Winter Park, FL -- The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden is excited to share our newest acquisition with our guests, a bust of Woodrow Wilson, created by Albin Polasek himself that was targeted for destruction by the Nazis. This extraordina…

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Sem­I­Nar Series: Vipin Mehta’s Heal­Ing Your­Self By Ways Of Metaphysics

Start your New Year off with a pledge to do some­thing that will ben­e­fit your entire well-being! Local Busi­ness Owner, Engi­neer, Meta­physi­cian, Spir­i­tual Coun­selor and Author of the Global Heal­ing Tril­ogy Vipin Mehta, chal­len…

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Tai Chi Sessions in The Polasek Gardens

WINTER PARK, FL---We are pleased to offer a series of six sessions in The Polasek Gardens of Tai Chi. Instructor Bill Burnette will lead beginners and Tai Chi enthusiasts in the practice of Tai Chi in the serene and scenic Polasek sculpture gardens.L…

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Seminar Series: Vipin Mehta's 'Healing Yourself by Ways of Metaphysics' by Vipin Mehta

Winter Park, FL -- Start your New Year off with a pledge to do something that will benefit your entire well-being! Local Business Owner, Engineer, Metaphysician, Spiritual Counselor and Author of the Global Healing Trilogy Vipin Mehta challenges us t…

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Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade and Water Ski Show to Dazzle Viewers

Winter Park, FL - The Rotary Club of Winter Park presents the 9th annual Winter Park Boat Parade and Ski Show which will take place December 8th on Lakes Virginia and Osceola.  The Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights is a fun, communi…

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On View Season Preview 2012

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The Polasek Joins Smithsonian Magazine's National Museum Day Live! Free Admission

Winter Park, FL -- The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which the Albin Polas…

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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens: Volunteer Opportunities

WINTER PARK, FL---The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park, Florida is looking for volunteers and is beginning a new volunteer and docent training program.Polasek volunteers and docents provide an invaluable service by helping vi…

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Tai Chi and Mindfulness Meditation Sessions in The Polasek Gardens

Winter Park, FL - We are pleased to offer a series of five sessions in The Polasek Gardens of Tai Chi and Mindfulness Mediation.Instructor Bill Burnette will lead beginners and Tai Chi enthusiasts in the practice of Tai Chi in the serene and scenic P…

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Ayako Yonetani at the Polasek: Exclusive Chamber Concert Series

WINTER PARK, FL ---The Polasek Museum’s 8th annual 3-concert music series features the world-renowned violinist Ayako Yonetani with computer accompaniment by Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya and a variety of guest instrumentalists performing works by Mendelssoh…

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Exhibition - Maidens And Monsters - The Art Of Science Fiction, Adventure And Fantasy

The unex­pected, the eerie and the uncanny will be intro­duced in this fresh and surprising view of American illustration, highlight­ing some of the exotic adven­tures, fantastic fables and romantic encoun­ters told in mag­a­zi…

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