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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.

Curator of African Art, Susan Cooksey Retires from the Harn Museum of Art

Released Jan. 26, 2021

Dr. Susan Cooksey, curator of African art at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida retired on November 30, 2020. Cooksey joined the staff in 2000 working in the curatorial department, and in 2005 became the museum’s first curator of African art. During her curatorial career spanning nearly twenty years, she has made a significant impact on the development of the Harn’s collection and exhibitions of African art while forming partnerships with UF’s Center for African Studies, International Center and College of the Arts.

Release Archives


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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