Polk State College

Location: Lakeland, Florida
Website: https://www.polk.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

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  • ‘Too controversial’: Polk State College rejects professor’s anti-Trump artwork

    February 20, 2018

    LAKELAND, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018 — Free expression on campus isn’t childproofed — except at Polk State College, where part-time faculty member Serhat Tanyolacar’s artwork was rejected from a faculty art exhibition for being “too controversial.” In early January, Polk State encouraged all faculty members in its arts program, including Tanyolacar, to submit artwork to a faculty exhibition scheduled to begin on Feb. 12. Tanyolacar submitted a piece titled “Death of Innocence,” which depicts several poets and writers juxtaposed with a number of pictures of President Donald Trump and other political figures engaging in sexual activity. Tanyolacar said the art […]

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