Museum Nights

Second Thursday of Every Month at 6 pm
Join us for this once-a-month virtual event taking place on the Harn's YouTube Channel. Speakers and artists help our visitors connect with art in fun and interesting ways. Specific themes for each evening are below.

Admission is free.


Local Vocal

Thursday, December 10, 7 pm
Connect with your campus and community through the Harn’s YouTube Channel on this evening as we celebrate the visual and vocal energy of Gainesville. Local Vocal will include conversations and performances with artists and creatives who bring awe, beauty and understanding to our shared surroundings. 


Video by Amanda Hill


Previous Museum Nights

Making HERstory

Thursday, November 12, 6 pm

Celebrating the new exhibition "Breaking the Frame: Women Artists in the Harn Collections," this evening of dance, visual art and creative exploration presents a range of dynamic voices that contribute to and reveal the her-story of art. Experience a virtual performance of "Fragments," a dance work that explores the relationship between body and memory, then participate in UF student gallery discussions and a conversation between artists on creative practices.

More information available at our Facebook event link.

Cheers to 30 Years

Thursday, October 8, 6 - 8 pm
The Harn Museum of Art is celebrating 30 years of being YOUR art museum!

Visitors to the Harn’s YouTube channel during this event will hear directly from internationally known artist Radcliffe Bailey in conversation with Dr. Porchia Moore, Department Head and Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Florida in the School of Art + Art History. Bailey will discuss his artistic process and specifically the artwork “Returnal” which is a part of the Harn’s collection.

Harn curators will discuss the collections they work within the galleries and reveal interesting facts about specific works of art.

Cheers to 30 years by sharing a favorite Harn experience. Participate in this special occasion by submitting a picture, art work or text block via email to or through direct message on Instagram by Oct. 7 @harnmuseumofart, then post using #Harn30. Tune in to Museum Nights on this evening and view your #Harn30 experience alongside others presented in a digital display.

Noche de Museo

Thursday, September 10, 6 pm
Celebrate art and culture from across Latin America. We’ll be joined by our friends from the Gainesville Latino Film Festival, and then we’ll hear from--and share your chat questions with--UF faculty Derek Berdette (a specialist in Latin American Art History), Efraín Barradas (an expert in Caribbean literature, Latino Studies, Mexican culture, history of art and ideas in Latin America) and Dulce Roman, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern Art at the Harn. We’ll also share an activity you can do at home. Join us on our YouTube channel


Thursday, August 13, 6 pm
Imagine turning raw earth into inspiring art. What could that look like? Join the Harn and Studio TM Clay and Pottery for this live event on the Harn's YouTube channel. Artists Sara Truman (MFA, Ceramics, and Ceramics Instructor at Gainesville High School) and Ailynda Ho (UF BFA, Ceramics) will provide a peek into their studio, explore ceramics, the art of transforming clay into objects that we live with, admire, and–too often–break. This event is inspired by ceramics on view in the Harn's time-themed exhibition Tempus Fugit :: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies. It’s a ClayDate!

Metal Makers

Thursday, July 9, 6 - 7:30 pm
Video Recording:
Join us live at our YouTube channel for an inspiring look at the expressive art of metal. In a world of mass-production of relentlessly identical forms, we focus on the human aspects of metal and on metal workers who create richly layered objects. Presented in celebration of Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa, on view at the Harn. Join metal artist Yaw Owusu Shangofemi in conversation with Dr. Ade Ofunniyin and Dr. Jody Berman.

Alice in Museumland

Thursday, June 11, 6 – 7 pm
Live direct link posted here June 11 at 5 pm  

Video recording:
Join us live at our YouTube channel for a live conversation with artist Maggie Taylor as she takes us down the rabbit hole and through the looking-glass in pursuit of mind-bending illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Taylor will speak and share a peek inside her studio in anticipation of the exhibition Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass at the Harn Museum. Inspired yet? We’ll also be sharing hands-on activities you can do at home at any time. Don’t be late for this very important date!

Arty Party (Virtual Event)

Thursday, May 14, 6 – 8 pm  
Let’s put the ART in pARTy this evening! Join us for “Conversations with Creatives”: local artists and UF graduates share their creative practices, studios, inspirations and motivations. Contribute your questions in a live Q + A. Hear from UF Professor of Mathematics Kevin Knudson, faculty curator of ART + MATH, and Ellen Knudson, UF Associate in Book Arts. Create a paper fold with the Knudsons to remember this Arty Party! Artists joining the pARTy: Iris Coe-Gross, Molly Kempson, Kristyn Lopez and Brett Taylor. We will live stream on our YouTube channel here

Are you a college student? 

Learn how to get involved further with Museum Nights here.


Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by University of Florida Student Government and the Office of the Provost.

Harn Voices

I love the Harn. The art is so full of poetry its inspiring. I love Museum Nights when we set up a table and invite visitors to sit down with us and do a little creative writing about the art they've seen.

Debora Greger

Harn Poet-in-Residence