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University of Florida's Art Museum with more than 50,000 students, faculty and staff enjoying our offerings each year.
Join for the art. Come for the company, and meet the people who share your passion.
Take a chance. See something new.
Broaden your horizons and grow.
The Harn Museum of Art belongs to you! By offering free admission, the Harn is accessible to visitors and the greater Gainesville community. With more than 100,000 visitors each year, your support is the foundation of the Harn Museum of Art’s success. The Harn relies on foundations, corporate entities and individuals like you to support exhibitions, programs and other initiatives.
Harn Partners plan thoughtful sponsorship with the Harn to address individual goals and needs while investing in specific or general program support. Learn more about becoming a Harn Partner and see a full listing of current Partners here.
Harn Partner Feature
Joan Prange, Owner, Prange's Florist
Joan Prange of Prange’s Florist is a soul sensitive to the world surrounding the life she has made for herself. A local business owner, realtor, and alpaca farm owner, her adoring spirit is present in everything she does. Joan’s passion and generosity has certainly not been lost on the Harn. For many years, she has artfully curated show-stopping, floral arrangements for museum events including centerpieces for the pARTies. Inspired by the exhibitions on view, Joan meets often in-person with museum staff to brainstorm and then she thoughtfully incorporates the central themes of an exhibition into her one-of-a-kind designs.
Surprisingly, she never intended to be a florist. For 17 years, she worked as a horticulturist with a forestry background, conducting research at Michigan Tech, Purdue, and even UF. However, the creative spirit within Joan ached to do something beyond the lab setting, and she soon found herself working at the Nature Conservancy, as a logger, at a walnut plantation, nurseries, and then eventually breaking into the plant business. She realized she had an eye for draping rooms in fabric and light in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and then arranging flowers in an artful way to complete the designs. Joan soon found herself working primarily with flowers. She’s never looked back.
Art has always been a part of Joan’s life. As a teenager growing up in Detroit, she visited the museum as a quiet place to escape the minutiae of daily life and to gather her thoughts. To this day, she is a firm believer that walking around an art gallery helps people to become unstuck from their problems and to think of things in a new light. She encourages people to do the same at the Harn.
“It is well documented that art and music capabilities are linked in the brain to mathematical problem solving capabilities,” she shared. “We know that children exposed to and involved in art develop better math and problem solving skills. The Harn has made its treasures very accessible to the children and young adults in our community who might not otherwise be exposed to different perspectives on life.”
When asked how art influences her business, Joan said, “We are the same as others in that we sell flowers and plants. But we contend that a florist is a person who uses cut flowers as a medium for artistic expression, and sells their art. Staff here work with color and design every day; it is part of the fabric of who we are.”
"I hope the Harn continues to flourish with their collection and continues to educate the community and student body on the importance of art in our own lives and in the world."
-Kelly O'Neill, Art Care Conservation
"I’m a strong believer that art exhibitions – much like movies, documentaries, and both fact and fiction literature – can change the way people view the world."
—Anna Heineman, Co-owner, Cypress & Grove
"Supporting the Harn is supporting the cultural growth of Gainesville. It is also supporting access to art and art education. We are honored to partner with the Harn and we are very happy to support their mission and initiatives however we can so they can continue to do their good and valuable work."
— Christine Denny, President, First Magnitude
"Giving to the Harn is our way of making sure that everyone continues to have access to the programs and exhibits. It is through access that inspiration and appreciation can develop. The world needs more of that."
— Domenic Scorpio, President/CEO, Scorpio