People's House by Jay Shoots
Jay Shoots, People’s House, 2017, Gelatin silver photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will feature the work of 52 well-known and emerging artists who reside in or have ties to the Gainesville region in its newest exhibition, Art of Inquiry: Juried Exhibition. This exhibition reveals new perspectives and questions the commonplace as artists explore visible environments, create unseen worlds and push the limits of media. Art of Inquiry will be on display from March 5 through July 7, 2019.

In September of 2018 a “Call to Artists” invited artists connected with the Gainesville region to submit images of works of art for consideration in the Art of Inquiry exhibition. Of the 378 works of art submitted, 52 were selected to be a part of the exhibition by jurors Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, and Jaime DeSimone, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art.

“Gainesville has a rich artistic community and jurors’ selections demonstrate the great range and excellence of the arts being produced in our area,” said Lee Anne Chesterfield, Director of the Harn Museum of Art. “We are pleased to be displaying these works at the Harn and are honored to be providing visibility of our hometown artists to the Harn’s national and international visitors and supporters.”

Real Men Don't Settle by Andrew Norris
Andrew Norris, Real Men Don’t Settle, 2018, Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Art of Inquiry jurors selected specific works of art for awards. Best in Show was awarded to Jay Shoots for People’s House. The Award of Excellence was given to Andrew Norris for Real Men Don’t Settle and Matt Roberts was given the Award of Distinction for Deadland #3. Three Merit Awards were given to Nancy Betty for Portal, Alexandra Morales for Diamond, and M. Paige Ward for How Firm a Foundation II.

Works on view in Art of Inquiry represent a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, fiber arts and mixed media. An online catalog of the works with accompanying artists’ statements will be located at The full list of selected artists follows at the end of this release. Art of Inquiry is sponsored by Dr. Midge Smith and Mr. Carl Wisler, with additional support provided by Mark and Mary Barrow, Caleb J. King, Marc A. Gale, a group of local art supporters, the Harn Program Endowment, and the Harn Annual Fund.

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


Images are available upon request.
Released March 4, 2019


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Participating Artists

Anthony Ackrill
Brianna Angelakis
Mariana Baquero
Nancy Betty
Heather Bjorn
Steven Bradbury
Troid Brett
Gretchen Brooks
Louise Brown
Celia R. Burger
Gwendolyn Chrzanowski
Jerry Coker
Ani Collier
Douglas D. Dankel II
Angela DeCarlis
M. Grace Downey
Lorelei Esser
Katie Evans

Michael Frommer
Nita Garland
Karen Glaser
Claire Elise Glenn
Richard Heipp
Barbara Holder
Scott Horsley
Tom Hundersmarck
Benjamin Ingle
Eric Kem
Molly Kempson
Nina Koelmeyer
Sandra Leveen
Sam Mendez
Sylvia Montesinos
Alexandra Morales
Andrew Norris

Peter Palfi
Joyce Pearson
Alfred Phillips
Hubert Phipps
Stewart Powers
Manny Quiroga
Matt Roberts
Vicki Santello
Jay Shoots
Abby Sommer
Stewart Thomas
Michelle Tillander
Lynn Tomaszewski
Jerry Uelsmann
Craig Walters
M. Paige Ward
Jason Wilkotz