Photography by Randy Batista

Director's Message

Harn Friends,

I write this message in the midst of packing up my belongings in preparation for the move from Virginia to Gainesville. What a whirlwind it has been from meetings with Harn staff, colleagues and university leadership to researching schools and house hunting. I am truly excited for this new adventure in leading the Harn and getting to know the Gainesville community.

On my first visit to the Harn after my hire, I was captivated by the Kehinde Wiley works, one from the Harn’s collection and one a recent loan from a local Gainesville couple. This is a perfect example of the community working with the Harn to enhance its offerings to the public. On your next visit to the Harn, I encourage you to observe the labels beside each work of art with the “loan” or “gift” reference to understand the significance and importance of the lenders and donors who make our exhibitions possible.

Community, collaboration, accessibility—all significant accomplishments that I have observed in my short time working with the Harn. I look forward to building on these strengths and exploring new opportunities.


Dr. Lee Anne Chesterfield
Harn Museum of Art Director



Harn National Council Members

The purpose of the Harn National Council is to increase the Harn’s visibility nationally and internationally, broaden the base of support from UF Alumni, friends and art collectors, and to advance fundraising goals.

Ken and Laura Berns
Gainesville, FL

Norman and Irma Braman
Miami, FL

John and Pat Carlson
Fernandina Beach, FL 

Joshua Feldstein
Gainesville, FL

Linda Fuchs
Gainesville, FL

Russ and Deirdre Fogler
Gainesville, FL

Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz
Beverly, MA

Nancy Magoon
Aspen, CO

Cynthia O'Connell
Tallahassee, FL

Lorna Rubin
Gainesville, FL

Steve Shey
Gainesville, FL

Aase Thompson
Gainesville, FL

Smith Meyers
UF Student Body President


Mary Ann H. Cofrin
Mel Rubin (deceased)
Carol Shey
Ron Shore
Rick Thompson
Hazel and Bill Hough


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