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Enhance Your Classes with the Harn

With more than 13,300 works of art the Harn Museum of Art offers faculty opportunities to help their students experience art, history and culture, sometimes in unexpected ways. The collections strengths focus on African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography, but collections include Latin American art, Ancient American art, prints, works dealing with natural history subjects, and a range of other areas periods and themes. Browse the collections area of our site for more information. We offer class tours, assignment collaboration and up-close engagement with art, valuable to many disciplines.

Contact Education Curator of Academic Programs Eric Segal at 352.294.7063 or to brainstorm how the Harn can help support your teaching and research.

Self-Guided Tours

Classes or groups may tour the museum during all hours of operation. Groups of 10 or more should make an appointment to ensure a successful experience and avoid conflicts with other touring classes.

Tours and Presentations

Guided tours and presentations by Harn curators and staff can be organized to connect with your classroom objectives in virtually any discipline. Docent tours on general or specific topics can be arranged for groups of 10 or more and must be scheduled three weeks in advance. Tours in Spanish are also available.

Experiential Learning

Open your students up to the experience of studying objects first hand. Instructors may select works from the Harn’s extensive permanent collection for use by individuals and small groups in the museum’s object study rooms. This opportunity is open to all disciplines and allows for the direct examination of art to encourage understanding of diverse cultures, historical periods and materials. Browse our eMuseum database on the collections area of the Harn website to view a partial listing of objects.

Research and Exhibition Collaboration

Funds from the Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus Exhibitions support creative collaboration between UF faculty and the Harn. We work with faculty to develop small art exhibitions emphasizing research and teaching interests of the faculty member.

Educator Resources

The Harn Museum of Art offers a number of resources, including access to the Bishop Study Center, a library offering books, magazines, newspapers, videos and additional references for use in the facility. Instructors are also invited to register for the Harn Museum Educator Resources Program, which allows the short-term loan of videos, literature and curriculum support materials free of charge. 


George Wesley Bellows, "Jim Twadell’s Place," October 1924, oil on canvas, Gift of William H. and Eloise R. Chandler

Featured Resource

Thinking about Modernity
Designed by Elizabeth Lambert

Thinking about Modernity is an instructional resource that compiles graduate student projects developed in a graduate seminar on “Modernist Studies & Pedagogy,” taught by English Professor Marsha Bryant in Spring 2019.

This resource includes images, contextual information and discussion questions exploring twelve modern artworks in Harn's collection. It is intended primarily for college-level instruction but may also be useful for high-school teachers. In addition to Arts and Humanities, this Instructional Resource can also prompt conversations about the Sciences and Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and other fields of study. This material may be freely adapted for instructional purposes.

Thinking about Modernity (Word doc)
Thinking about Modernity (PDF)

Designed by Elizabeth Lambert, with contributions by Lauren Burrell Cox, S.R. Graham, Nicole Green, remus jackson, Claire Beth Karnap, Burcu Kuheylan, Elizabeth Lambert, Jacqueline Schnieber, Cassidy Sheehan, Deepthi Siriwardena, Allen Thomas and Vincent Wing.

Table of Contents

1. S.R. Graham, “Give Me A Wilderness or A City”: George Bellows’s Rural Life 

2. Burcu Kuheylan, Francis Criss: Locating Monuments, Locating Modernity 

3. Jacqueline Schnieber, Seeing Beyond: Approaches to Teaching Salvador Dalí’s Appollinaire 

4. remus jackson, “On the Margins of Written Poetry”: Pedro Figari 

5. Claire Beth Karnap, Childe Hassam: American Impressionist and Preserver of Nature 

6. Allen Thomas, Subtlety of Line: Palmer Hayden’s Quiet Activism 

7. Cassidy Sheehan, Modernist Erotica: André Kertész’s Distortion #128 

8. Lauren Burrell Cox, Helen Levitt: In the New York City Streets 

9. Vincent Wing, Happening Hats: Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Le chapeau épinglé 

10. Elizabeth Lambert, Diego Rivera: The People’s Painter 

11. Elizabeth Lambert, Diego Rivera: El Pintor del Pueblo 

12. Nicole Green, Household Modernism, Domestic Arts: Tiffany’s Eighteen-Light Pond Lily Lamp 

13. Deepthi Siriwardena, Marguerite Zorach: Modernism’s Tense Vistas 


Examples of Working with Faculty

  • For HUM 2305 What is the Good Life?, Harn staff developed a special audio tour that serves thousands of students by providing them with a thematic tour of art related to course themes exploring economic, philosophical, religious and cultural foundations of a good life.

  • For NUR 3738L: Systems of Care 2 -- Restoration of Wellness, Harn curators selected art from several cultures and presented these to address themes in the syllabus ranging from “maternity and lactation” to “death and grieving.”

  • For GEO 3803 - Geography of Alcohol, the museum’s collections enhanced student understanding of the material culture of the production and consumption of alcohol in different cultures.

  • The Harn hosted and supported SPN 3324 Spanish in the Museum, an innovative course developed and taught at the museum.

  • Engineering faculty take students behind the scenes at the museum to study its HVAC system designed to meet special requirements.

  • Doctoral students in WIS 6934 Tropical Ecology were set a task to identify birds depicted in nineteenth-century prints. Their research project is documented here.

We are eager to connect with faculty in all disciplines--whether in Art History; English; History; Languages; Literatures and Cultures;  Medicine; Pharmacy; Physics; Psychology, Veterinary Medicine; or any area--to support their teaching and research. Contact Education Curator of Academic Programs Eric Segal at 352.294.7063 or to brainstorm how the Harn can help support your teaching and research.

Harn Voices

At the conclusion of our visit I found the students excited to take today’s lessons and apply them to their own works. As an instructor, I know that today’s visit supports my teaching in a meaningful way and am certain the visit will be a highlight of the semester.

Lauren Lake

Former Assistant Director, Professor, UF School of Art + Art History