Harn Collections

The Harn’s collections consist of more than 13,300 works of art. They are displayed in exhibitions at the Harn and at other art institutions as a part of our traveling exhibitions and art-loaning programs. The Harn’s collections focus on African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography with significant representation of Ancient American and Oceanic art, and a growing collection of prints and drawings before 1850.


Asante people, Ghana, "Disk Pendant (akrafokonmu)," 20th century, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund, 2004.20.2

African Collection

Wood Sculptures, Textiles, Ceramics, Leatherwork, Beadwork, Metalwork and Paintings
Objects range from 5th century BCE to the 21st century.

The Harn Museum’s African Collection includes works that illuminate the diversity and historical depth of Sub-Saharan African art. The Harn collection is distinctive in the strength of its holdings that include a broad range of geographic regions, media and historical periods, ranging from the 5th century BCE to the 21st century.

(detail) Indian, "Dancing Ganesh," 13th century, museum purchase, gift of Michael A. Singer with additional funds provided by the Kathleen M. Axline Acquisition Endowment, 2002.1

Asian Collection

Ceramics, Jades, Metalwork, Stone Sculptures, Paintings and Prints
Objects range from the Neolithic period to cutting-edge contemporary art.

With more than 3,500 works, the Harn’s Asian art collection covers a vast geographic distribution area, from central Asia in the west to Japan in the east, and from China in the north to the southernmost points of India and Southeast Asia.

George Wesley Bellows, "Jim Twadell's Place," 1924, gift of William H. and Eloise R. Chandler, 1992.12

Modern Collection

Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and Drawings
Objects ranging from the mid-19th century to the first half of the 20th century.

The Modern Collection comprises nearly 1,000 works of art representing Europe and the Americas. A major strength of the modern collection is its representation of American art, especially landscapes, urban themes, social realist themes and WPA prints.

Olafur Eliasson, "Fivefold Sphere Projection Lamp," 2006, gift of Debra and Dennis Scholl, 2012.5

Contemporary Collection

Multi-media, Painting, Photography, Installation and Film
Art ranging from 1945 to the present.

The Contemporary Collection encompasses nearly 1,500 objects of international art in all media. Exemplary works from major contemporary art movements are represented with works by emerging artists from around the world.

(detail) Jerry Uelsmann, "Apocalypse II," 1967, gift of the artist, PH-72-47-I

Photography Collection

Daguerreotypes to Large-scale Color Prints
Photographs ranging from the 19th century to contemporary.

The Harn’s photography collection includes important works by noted photographers including Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Wynn Bullock and Minor White, as well as diverse influential contemporary artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Cindy Sherman and Alan Sekula. A major strength of the collection is the in-depth representation of works by Jerry Uelsmann, the innovative experimenter who established the University of Florida as a center for photographic studies.