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Sheila Pree Bright, "The Rebirth of Us," 2020, archival inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist, © Sheila Pree Bright

Harn Museum of Art Examines Black Life in "Shadow to Substance" Exhibition

Features Sixteen New Contemporary Photography Acquisitions
Released June 16, 2021

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida collaborated with UF College of the Arts, Museum Studies Professor and UF Graduate Student in the Department of English to organize and present its newest exhibition Shadow to Substance on view from July 27, 2021 to February 27, 2022. The exhibition represents a chronological arc from the past to the present, and into the future by displaying historical photographs of Black lives and new work by Black photographers. Sixteen photographs by eleven photographic artists were recently purchased for the Harn Museum’s permanent collection and are the heart of Shadow to Substance.

Harn Museum of Art Welcomes Cofrin Curator of Asian Art

Released March 1, 2021

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tongyun Yin as Cofrin Curator of Asian Art. Dr. Yin assumed her new position on March 1, 2021. She joins the Harn with more than 10 years of experience in the field, including serving as Curator of Asian Art at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Oak Brook, Illinois since June 2019, and Associate Curator of Asian Art at the MacLean Collection Asian Art Museum in Mettawa, Illinois from June 2014 to May 2019. Dr. Yin is also a seasoned educator, having served as Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China from 2003 to 2009.

Thomas Moran, "Fort George Island," 1880, The Florida Art Collection, Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers, Photography by Randy Batista

Extensive Florida Art Collection Gifted to the University of Florida

Released Feb. 3, 2021

The estimated 1,200 works of art from Sam and Robbie Vickers depict state’s environment, people and history; includes paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Moran.
A private collection of Florida works of art, some created by the foremost artists of their time, has a new home at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. The oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints—the largest single art collection ever donated to the university—as well as an extensive art library is a gift from native Floridians Sam and Robbie Vickers

Radcliffe Bailey, “Returnal,” 2008, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Ruth P. Phillips Art Acquisition Endowment, with additional funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund

Harn Museum of Art Celebrates 30th Anniversary with New Exhibitions and Virtual Events

Released Sept. 22, 2020

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida opened its doors 30 years ago on September 22, 1990. Since then, the Harn has served a growing diverse audience of more than 2.5 million visitors with a broad range of exhibitions and programs, made accessible through free admission. The museum invites the public to celebrate the Harn’s 30th anniversary by viewing new exhibitions and attending the first of many virtual events over the next year.

Release Archives


Jan. 26, 2021
Curator of African Art, Susan Cooksey Retires from the Harn Museum of Art
June 30, 2020
Harn Museum of Art Reopens July 9 after COVID-19 Closure
Aug. 19, 2019
University of Florida Faculty Debut New Work at the Harn Museum of Art
March 26, 2019
Harn Museum of Art Celebrates the Arts of Creativity, Discovery and Inquiry in New Exhibition
March 4, 2019
Gainesville Regional Artists Featured in “Art of Inquiry: Juried Exhibition”
Dec. 18, 2018
Harn Displays a Century of East Asian Landscapes Addressing the Modern and Traditional

Sept. 11, 2018
Harn Brings Together International Contemporary Art Addressing Human Impact

Sept. 25, 2018
Harn Displays WWI Posters and Prints to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice

June 28, 2018
Curator of Contemporary Art, Kerry Oliver-Smith Retires from the Harn Museum of Art

June 7, 2018
Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida Announces New Director

March 9, 2018
Harn Composer-in-Residence Debuts Sound Installation

Feb. 6, 2018
Harn Brings Works by Jacob Lawrence to Gainesville

Nov. 1, 2017
Harn Museum of Art Director, Rebecca M. Nagy Announces Retirement

April 18, 2017
The Andy Warhol Foundation Awards $100,000 to Harn for Exhibition Focusing on Environment












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