Director's Message

Dear Members and Friends,

One of my favorite activities is to provide a tour for someone visiting the Harn for the first time or after a long hiatus. This gives me the opportunity to see through fresh eyes our beautiful building and gardens and the stunning exhibitions master-minded by our talented curators.


Recently, as I walked through the museum with a friend visiting from Fort Worth, Texas, I saw old favorites in a new light and discovered fun and exciting additions to the galleries. On every visitors’ list of highlights these days is the Harn’s monumental double portrait Dogon Couple by Kehinde Wiley, the artist selected by former President Barack Obama to paint his portrait for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In the Modern Gallery we admired a group of fascinating works on paper portraying scenes of African-American life, selected by Curator of Modern Art Dulce Román to complement our wildly popular current exhibition History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence. And in the Korean gallery of the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, my guest and I were charmed by the 100+ year old Korean Gentleman’s Hat (Heukrip) made of horsehair, cane and lacquer. Harn curators frequently refresh the galleries by changing out works from the permanent collection or showcasing recent acquisitions. So, when you come to see our current temporary exhibitions, be sure to stroll through the other galleries to see your personal favorites and add some new discoveries to that list.

Rebecca Martin Nagy
Harn Museum of Art Director



Harn National Council Members

The purpose of the Harn National Council is to increase the Harn’s visibility nationally and internationally, broaden the base of support from UF Alumni, friends and art collectors, and to advance fundraising goals.

Ken and Laura Berns
Gainesville, FL

Norman and Irma Braman
Miami, FL

John and Pat Carlson
Fernandina Beach, FL 

Joshua Feldstein
Gainesville, FL

Linda Fuchs
Gainesville, FL

Russ and Deirdre Fogler
Gainesville, FL

Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz
Beverly, MA

Bob and Nancy Magoon
Aspen, CO

Cynthia O'Connell
Tallahassee, FL

Lorna Rubin
Gainesville, FL

Steve Shey
Gainesville, FL

Aase Thompson
Gainesville, FL

Smith Meyers
UF Student Body President




Mary Ann H. Cofrin
Mel Rubin (deceased)
Carol Shey
Ron Shore
Rick Thompson
Hazel and Bill Hough


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