UF Collaboration

COVID-19 Acrylic Box Prototypes for Intubation



From protecting precious art to helping facilitate solutions to protect precious lives, the Harn Museum of Art is proud to be a part of the University of Florida where research leads us to collaborate across departments for the greater good. The Harn assisted in building an acrylic box prototype that will help in developing solutions to limit aerosol exposure during intubation procedures for COVID-19 patients. This project, spearheaded by Dr. Ali Ataya from UF Health Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, with support from UF's Design Contruction and Planning and its Infinity Fab Lab, is ongoing as prototypes are tested and re-developed. The Aerosol Box open source design was created by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai. 


The Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The museum contributes to an interconnected, international community by contributing to research and integrating arts and culture into curricula throughout UF’s system of colleges and centers, and by partnering with campus organizations.


pictured: (left) Tim Dygert, Harn Preparator & Exhibition Coordinator working on a prototype; (right) Aerosol Box open source design in use, photograph by designer Dr. Hsien Yung Lai



Previous Collaborations

Center for Precollegiate Education and Training

Harn staff developed a tour for Duval County science teachers on light in art and in the museum. These teachers were part of a science education program at UF focusing on light from many perspectives. In their visit, they were introduced to issues such as the lighting of an object or a painting in the galleries, use of light by artists in their work, and different uses of light to study a work of art.

Collective for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medicine and Culture

The Harn hosted a Health, Medicine and Culture event to kick start the efforts of a new interdisciplinary group focusing on medicine and culture at UF. Faculty from a range of disciplines demonstrated how the humanities, arts, social sciences and medicine intersect in productive ways. Harn staff discussed how museums work with and serve medical studies and healthcare professionals at UF and in the community.

Museum Nights

The Harn partners with multiple groups, colleges and centers on campus to develop activities and programs for Museum Nights. UF partnerships include the Center for African Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Latin American Art, the College of Liberal Arts. The College of Engineering, the Common Reading Program, the Confucius Institute, the English Language Institute and the International Center. Museum Nights are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and UF Student Government.

UF Health Science

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Archivist at the Health Science Center Libraries worked with Harn Curator of Modern Art to organize an exhibition titled Plants and Medicine: Art and Science in Botanical Prints. This exhibition explored the topic of plants as medicinal treatment through a selection of sixteen engravings and woodcuts drawn from the Harn’s collection of herbal prints dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Community Collaborations

The Harn prides itself in offering free admission to all making the museum accessible to as many community members as possible. We enjoy partnering with community groups to bring in activities and new perspectives that enhance Harn programs and exhibitions. If you have ideas on how you can partner with us, contact Eric Segal at esegal@harn.ufl.edu.

Latino Film Festival

The Harn enjoys an ongoing partnership with the Latina Womens League to present films as part of the Gainesville Latino Film Festival. In addition to screening the films the Harn curators presented gallery talks on Latin American art prior to select films.

Girl Scouts of North Florida

The Harn Museum of Art has collaborated with Girl Scout Troup 733 in Alachua to create and offer a half-day program for girls across North Florida to explore art and earn badges. The program includes gallery tours, painting, drawing, graphic design, mural-making and more. 


If you have ideas on how you can partner with us, contact Eric Segal at esegal@harn.ufl.edu.