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September 24, 2009

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The Harn Museum of Art and UF School of Art and Art History collaborate to present an exhibition of faculty works

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —The Harn Museum of Art and the University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History are collaborating to present the 45th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition, opening Tuesday, Oct. 6. The faculty exhibition is held each year, but this is the fourth time that the exhibition has been held at the Harn.

“The collaborative partnership between the Harn Museum of Art and the School of Art and Art History includes scholarly research, curriculum development and teaching, a variety of educational programs, student internships and the presentation of exhibitions,” said Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum of Art. “The faculty exhibition plays a vital role in sharing the scholarly and creative endeavors of the School of Art and Art History with university faculty and students, the community and state, national and international audiences.”

The exhibition includes art from 24 faculty members who work in an impressive range of media, including drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, multimedia, performance and video.

“The artist faculty in the School of Art and Art History are thrilled to have this wonderful venue in which to exhibit their research,” said Anna Callouri Holcombe, director of the UF College of Fine Arts, School of Art and Art History. “Most importantly, this event demonstrates the importance of the collaboration between the Harn Museum of Art and the School of Art and Art History illustrating the benefit of this partnership to the university community and the community at large. In conjunction with this exhibition, we have published a web catalogue, which includes the work of the studio faculty as well as the work of the art history, art education and museum studies faculty. In combination, the high level of research carried on here will be evident to all who visit.”

The exhibition was organized by Dr. Susan Cooksey, curator of African art at the Harn Museum and alumna of the School of Art and Art History for both her bachelor’s degree in studio art and master’s degree in art history.

The museum is offering a number of programs related to the exhibition. Beginning Sunday, Oct. 11, the museum is hosting a lecture series highlighting the research interests of faculty members at the School of Art and Art History. In addition to the Oct. 11 lecture at 3 p.m., faculty members will present Sundays at 3 p.m. on Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. After each event, there will be a reception for attendees to speak with the presenters. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, museum docents will guide a tour of the exhibition. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, Jack Stenner, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, will give a gallery talk about his work in the exhibition.

A university student reception for the exhibition will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at Museum Nights. Senior lecturer at the School of Art and Art History Sean Miller and several of his students will present “Annex.” In the performance students will create a physical museum gallery space through interpretive poses, gestures and by sewing themselves together. A new autonomous museum annex will be briefly create and operated using people and string.

The following evening, Friday, Oct. 9, the museum will host a members pARTy from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Those in attendance will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, music and the opportunity to view all of the exhibitions on display. The Harn Museum of Art offers memberships beginning at $50 a year, and there is an opportunity to join at the door on the evening of the event. Those who are interested may visit the membership section of the Harn’s Web site for a list of additional benefits and information about how to join.

The exhibition is accompanied by an online catalogue designed by Morgan Slavens and Ariella Mostkoff, alumnae of the graphic design program in the School of Art and Art History. The catalogue highlights the scholarship of art history faculty and the work of studio art faculty who are represented in the exhibition. The catalogue will be available for download at the Harn Museum of Art and School of Art and Art History Web site.

The 45th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition will be on display through Jan. 3, 2010. The exhibition is made possible by Ti Amo! Restaurant and Bar and Tara and Bert Gill.

Those who would like to support the Harn Museum of Art and the 45th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition should attend Shake It Up Sept. 25 – 27 at Ti Amo! Restaurant and Bar. For more information, visit www.harn.ufl.edu/shakeitup.html.

Admission to the Harn Museum of Art is free. For more information about the exhibition, visit www.harn.ufl.edu or call 352-392-9826.

High-resolution images of works in the exhibition are available at http://www.harn.ufl.edu/facultyexhibition.html.

Related Program List

Museum Nights
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6 – 9 p.m.

Members pARTy
Friday, Oct. 9, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

UF Faculty Lecture Series
Sunday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.
Robin Poynor, Professor of Art History and Assistant Director of the School of Art and Art History

UF Faculty Lecture Series
Sunday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m.
Dixie Neilson, Assistant Director Museum Studies
Michelle Tilander, Assistant Professor of Art Education

Exhibition Spotlight Tour
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.

UF Faculty Lecture Series
Sunday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m.
Victoria Rovine, Associate Professor of Art History
Elizabeth Ross, Assistant Professor of Art History

UF Faculty Lecture Series
Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.
Robert Westin, Professor of Art History
Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Assistant Professor of Art History

UF Faculty Lecture Series
Sunday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m.
Glenn Willumson, Associate Professor of Museum Studies and Museum Studies Program Director
Craig Roland, Associate Professor of Art Education

Gallery Talk
Sunday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m.
Jack Stenner, Assistant Professor of Digital Media




Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The museum’s permanent collection holds nearly 7,000 works, including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the university’s activities and serves a culturally diverse audience through the exhibition of works of art and 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. The Harn Museum of Art is located at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road at the UF Cultural Plaza. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit www.harn.ufl.edu.




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