Director's Message

Dear Members and Friends, 

Our fall exhibition, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection, will delight fans of French eighteenth and early-nineteenth century art and anyone who enjoys lusciously hued, richly ornamented paintings, delicate and fanciful drawings, velvety pastels and elegant terracotta sculptures. Your experience of the visual delights of the art will be enhanced by the lively and provocative exploration of ideas and concepts drawn from history, philosophy, literature and gender studies. Curated by UF Professor of Art History Melissa Hyde, an accomplished scholar of eighteenth century French art, the exhibition and accompanying publication are also a tribute to her dear friend and colleague, the late University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor of Art History Mary D. Sheriff, with whom Dr. Hyde has collaborated widely. They worked together on this project before the untimely death of Dr. Sheriff. Many others have contributed to the success of this exhibition, chief among them our generous friends and donors Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz, from whose collection the art comes, and their curator Alvin L. Clark, who has been a committed partner on the project together with Dulce Román, chief curator at the Harn. Learn more about this exciting exhibition and an array of related programming as you peruse this site. And please join us for the Member pARTy celebrating the opening of the show on Thursday evening, October 5. If you are not a free member of the Harn, join now or that evening at the door!


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 

Linda Fuchs
Gainesville, FL

Russ and Deirdre Fogler
Gainesville, FL

Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz
Beverly, MA

Bob and Nancy Magoon
Aspen, CO

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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