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March 19, 2013

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Mindsight event offers new perspective on art to persons with limited or no sight

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Discover art through senses other than sight on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harn Museum of Art. MindSight, an initiative of the Gator Lions Club, is held annually and offers an opportunity for individuals who have limited or no sight to experience art through touch.

The works are provided by artists in the community, including award-winning artists Linda DiFranco and Sharon Bartz, and UF’s Art Education Department. Volunteers and artists will describe each work of art as participants explore texture and shape with their hands. The museum also invites those with sight to experience the art in the same way by wearing a blindfold.

In addition, the UF Environmental Horticulture Club will provide plants that will offer interesting textures and aromas for participants to investigate.

Admission is free. To learn more about the event, contact Karina Friman, Gator Lions President, for information.

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 9,000 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.

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 Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit


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