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July 20, 2009

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Rediscover Museum Nights July 29 at the Harn Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Natural History

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Rediscover Museum Nights at the Harn Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History from 6 to 9 p.m. July 29. The University of Florida Student Government-sponsored program now takes place once per semester.

While the keyboard performance of UF student Justin Nelson fills the Galleria at the Harn Museum of Art, visitors may participate in art making activities, such as photocopy transfer with collage materials, kimono origami and beadmaking.

The Florida Museum will offer free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest for students showing their Gator 1 card.

“Student Government’s purpose is to serve the UF student body,” said Jordan C. Johnson, student body president. “We are encouraging students to visit the UF Cultural Plaza, get involved and learn what this section of campus has to offer.”

At the Harn Museum, “The Wild, the Weird and the Avant-Garde” will play in the Chandler Auditorium. This selection of short, animated films includes “Bambi Meets Godzilla” and “Street of Crocodiles.”

For those who would like to learn more about the museum’s latest exhibitions, docents will be available to answer questions about works on display in “Voicing Indigenous ARTifacts: Amazonian Featherwork” and “Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction,” among other exhibitions. A scavenger hunt through the galleries will encourage visitors to think beyond the image.

Representatives from Student Government will have information about how to get involved at UF.

Florida Museum of Natural History visitors also may enjoy exhibits on Florida’s environments and indigenous tribes as well as “Everglades Imagery: Intimate Detail of a Vast Landscape” in the Galleria. Through 20 photographs by award-winning photographer Drew Fulton, the exhibition captures the essence of Florida’s endangered Everglades.

Fall and spring dates for Museum Nights are Oct. 8, 2009, and Feb. 11, 2010.

Admission to Museum Nights is free.

For more information about Museum Nights, visit or

Student Government
The University of Florida Student Government, established in 1909, exists to represent and act in the interest of the students. Student Government (SG) has created an academic and extracurricular environment benefiting students through its programs and works to sustain and improve them each year. Visit or call 352-392-1665 for more information.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road 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 UF visit

Florida Museum of Natural History
The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida's state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $9.50 for adults ($8 Fla. residents) and $5 for children ages 3-12. Prices subject to change. For more information, including directions and parking, call 352-846-2000, or visit

Media contact for programming:
Tami Wroath, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Harn Museum of Art
352.392.9826 x116

Media contact for UF Student Government:
Maryam Laguna, Student Body Treasurer
UF Student Government
352-392-1623 x337

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