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April 24, 2009

Harn Museum of Art hosts student art exhibition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Starting today through May 17, the creations of talented Alachua County student artists from kindergarten through 12th grade are on display at the museum in the Chandler Auditorium. “Everyday Art,” the theme for the 2009 student exhibition, drew inspired submissions, from hand-printed robes inspired by African textiles to landscape paintings.

“This partnership represents the Harn Museum’s continuing relationship with the Alachua County School System and supports the museum’s mission to promote the power of the arts to inspire and educate people and enrich their lives,” said Bonnie Bernau, director of education at the Harn Museum of Art. “This annual exhibition provides the museum with an excellent opportunity to celebrate student artists and the dedication of local art teachers while endorsing our mutual dedication to ensuring that the arts are an important part of children’s lives.”

The works on display represent the culmination of a full year of study, which included a workshop in the fall for teachers, a guided visit to the Harn Museum and classroom instruction about art using the museum’s educator resource unit about the theme of “Everyday Art.” The works submitted by students were inspired by their visit to the museum.

To honor those whose work is featured in the exhibition, the museum hosted a reception recognizing the students on April 23. More than 25 local schools are represented by the art on display.

The exhibition and reception were made possible in part by the support of Florida Capital Bank. Staff members at the bank have selected 21 student works to display in the bank’s offices for a year after the exhibition closes at the Harn.

Partial funding for school visits to the Harn Museum of Art is provided by the School Board of Alachua County through an Arts in Education grant from the State of Florida, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

Admission to the Harn Museum of Art is free. For more information, visit or call 352-392-9826.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at SW 34th St. and Hull Rd. is one of the largest university art museums in the country with nearly 7,000 works in its collection focusing on African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the activities of the University of Florida and serves a culturally diverse audience through educational programming. Admission is free. Museum 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. Parking is free on weekends. 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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