The Polasek celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. These next 50 years have kicked off to a remarkable start – and it’s because of YOU! As volunteers, donors, members, vendors and guests, you have ALL made 2012 a wonderful year. We are proud to share with you the successes you helped to create.
Sculpture Gardens: According to messages left in 2012 in the Polasek guestbook, your support has helped make: “a slice of heaven,” “paradise,” “spectacular grounds,” “gardens I’ll never forget,” and the list goes on. We hope you smile knowing the breathtaking, serene and abundant beauty you have made possible.
Man Carving His Own Destiny Garden Redesign: Many herald the 1961 limestone version of Man Carving His Own Destiny, which greets all guests as the enter the Museum’s grounds, as Mr. Polasek’s most inspirational piece. Completed after a stroke paralyzed the left side of his body, it is one of Mr. Polasek’s largest and last completed works. It is truly one-of-a-kind and has never been moved from the location where is currently rests. Your donations have made it possible to give this powerful piece a home worthy of its message.
Lakeside Trellises: With your donations, these trellises were installed on the Lake Osceola lawn in the spring of 2012. Look how they’ve bloomed!
Golf Cart & Storage Unit: Your generosity made it possible for us to receive this golf cart. Now we are able to accomplish four times more gardening in one day as we were without it. Plus, the safety of the accompanying storage unit ensures we’ll have this important tool for years to come. Thank you!
The Permanent Collection: Since our inception, the largest number of accessions of Mr. Polasek’s work occurred in 2012. Because of you, the following pieces have returned home. youyou, the follofdfsdfajkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjknenthe he
Spirit of the Woods: A small bronze sculpture that The Polasek had never before possessed. This piece perfectly depicts Mr. Polasek’s ability to personify his love of nature in his work. It came up for auction in May 2012 and your donations made its purchase possible.
The 1915 George D. Widener Memorial Gold Medal: The most prestigious prize Mr. Polasek received during his acclaimed career. The Widener Gold Medal was established in 1912 by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to recognize “the most meritous work of sculpture modeled by an American citizen.”
Butterfly: This is the epitome of an Albin Polasek piece, depicting the perfect combination of fantastical whimsy and representational anatomy. As you can see in the picture below, this piece was formerly adorned atop the archway into the front courtyard. However, its whereabouts have been unknown for decades. With your help, it is finally returning home.
Young Eve: Originally created when he was still a student, this piece demonstrates Mr. Polasek’s formal training in classical fine art. His ability to capture the beauty of the quintessential human form catapulted his prestige in the world of sculpture and likened comparisons to iconic sculptors from past generations.
Conservation: With your support, we have been able to take on conservation efforts for several of Mr. Polasek’s significant works. In 2012, a number of sculptures were cleaned, waxed and treated to ensure continued beauty and longevity.
Mother, located in the front of the grounds, now shines marvelously!
The Emily Fountain pool was resurfaced, painted and sealed. A new pump ensures conservation of this hard work!
St. Francis and his beloved animals also thank you for their makeover!
Increased Capacity: Over the past few years, The Polasek was awarded two challenge grants. Many of you rose to these challenges and generously matched the contributions of The Galloway Family Foundation and The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation to hire two professionals, a Curator and a Development Director. Well, 2012 marks the year that we saw your donations come to life…quite literally!! We were thrilled to welcome to our team Rachel Frisby, our Curator, and Michelle Martino, our Development Director. Both Rachel and Michelle bring experience and knowledge in their fields and will contribute greatly to ensuring the long-term health and vitality of our beloved historic home & sculpture gardens. Through their work, the impact of your donations continues to multiply with the contributions they are making at The Polasek everyday.
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