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May 16, 2012

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 Harn Museum Will Present Exhibition of Alachua County Self-taught Artists

Deep Roots, Bold Visions: Self-Taught Artists of Alachua County will feature works by
Jesse Aaron, Alyne Harris, Eddy Mumma, Jerry Coker, Robert Roberg,
Francis Moore and Baba Ona.

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—This summer the Harn Museum of Art will explore the thought-provoking work of artists living and working around Gainesville. The exhibition, Deep Roots, Bold Visions: Self-Taught Artists of Alachua County, will include paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed media works by Jesse Aaron, Alyne Harris, Eddy Mumma, Jerry Coker, Robert Roberg, Francis Moore and Baba Onabamiero Ogunleye. The exhibition will open on May 29 and run through Sept. 9.
These Alachua County artists draw inspiration from the region, and the subjects of their works range from local scenery and imaginary landscapes inspired by Florida nature to inner visions, religious belief and spirituality. Throughout the exhibition, the Harn will draw attention to the aesthetic power and expressive intensity of the work as well as the methods and skills of these artists, who did not pursue formal academic degrees in the fine arts. The exhibition will also draw attention to local histories as portrayed by the artists and narrated by collectors.

“We are delighted to feature accomplished artists who live and work here in our own community as well as some wonderful local artists who have passed on,” said Rebecca Nagy, Director of the Harn Museum of Art and Co-Curator of the exhibition. “The exhibition shows a wonderful, eclectic cross section of their work. It will be interesting to put their works in dialogue together and see what insights they reveal about our community. We’re also thrilled that our local collectors have stepped forward to lend to this exhibition and told us their stories about how they discovered these artists and have come to appreciate their work.”

This exhibition is organized by the Harn Museum of Art and made possible by the Harn Program Endowment, with additional support from the Harn Annual Fund.

Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call 352-392-9826 or visit

Images of works of art from the exhibition are located at


The museum is offering a number of related programs for audiences of all ages.

Tot Time, “I Spy Color,” Tuesday, May 29, 3:30 4:30 p.m.
Tot Time, “I Spy Color,” Friday, June 1, 11 a.m. noon
This free, fun and educational program is for children, ages 2 - 5, and their caretakers. Tots learn about art by touring Harn galleries and exploring art materials. Enrollment is limited to the first 40 children pre-registered. Register by calling 352.392.9826 x2112 or email Tot Time is generously funded by Prudential Trend Realty.

Family Day, Saturday, June 16, 1 – 4 p.m.
Families will tour the exhibition and build sculptures with found objects and recycled materials in our creative studio. A donation of $2 per child or $5 per family is requested if participating in the art-making activity.

Gallery Talk and Book Signing, Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.
Robert Moore, author of “Francis Read Moore, Florida Folk Artist: Primitive Paintings and Photos of a Time and Place in North Central Florida;” Kate Barnes, Francis Moore’s first art instructor; and Debbie Moore Brown, daughter of Francis Moore, will offer perspectives on the life and work of Francis Moore, whose work is represented in Deep Roots, Bold Visions. The book “Francis Read Moore” is available for purchase in the museum store. A book signing will take place following the lecture.

Museum Nights, Thursday, July 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
Celebrate Deep Roots, Bold Visions during this Museum Nights. Visitors will enjoy activities, performances and presentations engaging in personal expression. This evening is a part of the UF Creative B Program which highlights creative events across the University of Florida campus.

Collectors’ Discussion, Saturday, July 21, 3 p.m.
Learn from local Gainesville collectors about how and why they collect the art that is on view in the exhibition. Moderated by Deep Roots, Bold Visions exhibition curators, Rebecca Nagy, Harn Museum of Art Director and Susan Cooksey, Harn Curator of African Art.

About the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Founded in 1990, the Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university’s system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include more than 8,300 works in five main collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and international contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children. On March 31, 2012, the Harn will open the 26,000-square-foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, which will feature three levels, including new galleries, storage and conservation spaces, as well as outdoor gardens.

The Harn Museum, at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in Gainesville, Fla., is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, which is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit



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