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May 10, 2010

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Harn Museum of Art and other museums join in the Association of Art Museum
Directors celebration of International Museum Day on May 18, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —The Harn Museum of Art will offer special incentives to visit its facility on May 18. The museum joins other members of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) in celebrating International Museum Day. Participation by AAMD member museums will focus attention on the important roles that art museums serve in their communities, further showcase their remarkable collections, and increase opportunities for audiences to engage with the many educational programs art museums offer.

On May 18 the Harn Museum and its neighboring institution, the Florida Museum of Natural History, will offer free parking for visitors. Visitors to the Harn Museum may become a member for 20 percent off the regular price. Those who are already members will receive an additional 10 percent off of their purchases in the Harn Museum Store. Visitors may also dine in the Camellia Court Café and receive $2 off a $10 purchase. On this day the Harn Museum will also offer any new or renewing member one free catalogue from a selection of past exhibitions. The catalogues include; Continuity and Change: Three Generations of Ethiopian Artists; Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection; and Spinach Green and Mutton-fat White: Chinese Jades of the Qing Dynasty.

“These are small ways that the Harn Museum can extend a special welcome to members, regular visitors and new friends and say a warm thank you for your support of the museum,” said Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum of Art. “Join us on May 18 in celebrating the very special role that museums play in enriching the lives of individuals and contributing to the cultural vitality of our communities.”

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include smaller regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

“We believe that art museums are crucial to our understanding of world history and cultures, and provide a unique and irreplaceable public service,” said Michael Conforti, president of AAMD and director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. “AAMD is committed to exploring new ways to underscore the value of the visual arts in civic society, and we are excited that the Harn Museum of Art is joining with us and the global community of museums to focus on this message of public service.”

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available in the newsroom of the AAMD website ( Note that while ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18th, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates. More information about ICOM’s International Museum Day can be found here:



Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Founded in 1990, the Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university’s system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include more than 7,300 works in five main collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children. In 2011, the Harn will open the 26,000-square-foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, which will feature three levels, including new galleries, storage and conservation spaces, as well as outdoor gardens.

The Harn Museum, at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in Gainesville, Fla., is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, which is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

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Harn Museum of Art
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