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Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is an art museum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It is in the UF Cultural Plaza area in the southwest part of campus.

One of the largest university art museums in the South, the Harn has more than 6200 works in its permanent collection and an array of temporary exhibitions. The museum's permanent collections are focused on Asian, African, modern and contemporary art, as well as photography. The museum sponsors international and Florida-centric exhibitions. The university sponsors educational programs at the museum including films, lectures, interactive activities, and school and family offerings.

In October 2005 the Harn expanded by more than 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) with the opening of the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, which includes new educational and meeting areas and the Camellia Court Cafe, the first eatery for visitors of the Cultural Plaza.

The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. UF offers a virtual tour for prospective visitors.


The Harn Museum of Art is named in honor of Samuel Peebles Harn (1893–1957), whose widow, three daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren made the founding gift to UF for the museum’s construction. The family pledged more than $3 million for the construction of an arts museum in 1983. The Harn Museum of Art opened September 20, 1990.

In 2000, the family of David A. Cofrin made a gift to fund an 18,000-square-foot addition. The new addition, named the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, opened in October 2005. The Cofrin Pavilion features 6,500 feet of exhibition space for international contemporary art, the Camellia Court Café, an outdoor plaza and the Goforth Learning Center, which is used for meetings, programs and educational activities.

On February 6, 2008, Dr. and Mrs. David A. Cofrin made a commitment of $10 million to the University of Florida to fund the addition of a new wing dedicated to Asian art. Opening in 2012 on the northwest side of the museum, the 26,000-square-foot addition will have an Asian art gallery, curatorial offices, and art storage and conservation space for the Asian collections. An outdoor Asian garden will complement the new wing.[1]
Selected artists

Among others, the following artists are represented in the museum:[2]

Ansel Adams
El Anatsui
George Bellows
Ross Bleckner
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Carlos Alberto Estevez Carasa
Honoré Daumier
Rineke Dijkstra
Friedel Dzubas
Lazaro Saavedra Gonzalez
Hermann Herzog
Candida Hofer

William Hogarth
Manuel Mendive Hoyo
William Morris Hunt
Robert Hutter
Ken Josephson
Yayoi Kusama
Nikki S Lee
Sol LeWitt
Armando Marino
Claude Monet
Elsa Mora
Zwelethu Mthethwa

Ingrid Mwangi
Timothy H. O'Sullivan
Salvator Rosa
Stephen de Staebler
Evon Streetman
George Sugarman
Maggie Taylor
Jerry Uelsmann
Sergio Vega
Minor White
Betty Woodman

See also

University of Florida
Buildings at the University of Florida


Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art: About
Harn Museum of Art: About, ARTINFO, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-29

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