Polk Museum of Art - Sketches & Steel by Albert Paley
Saturday, March 31, 2012 — Wednesday, June 27, 2012
American Sculpter Albert Paley brings sculptures and sketches to Polk Museum of Art. Best known as a metal sculptor, Paley’s presence in the community is omnipresent: he was commisioned to sculpt the “Tribute to Volunteerism” that sits on the east side of Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. He also created a beautiful wood-and-metal bench that is permanently displayed in Polk Museum of Art’s lobby – and that holds the distinction of being the only piece of artwork in the building that visitors are welcome to sit upon. An active artist for more than 30 years in his studio Rochester, N.Y., Paley’s work can be found in permanent collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Musuem of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Broadly published and an international lecturer, Paley holds an endowed chair at the Rochester Institute of Technology and was the fisrt metal sculptor to receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect.