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October 26, 2009

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Harn Museum hosts photographer Peggy Nolan and philanthropist Constance Collins Margulies for lecture Nov. 4

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Portfolios often provide an interesting merger of artistic expression and philanthropy. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, Peggy Nolan, photographer and art director of Lotus House Shelter, and Constance Collins Margulies, president and founder of Lotus House, will discuss their experiences creating the portfolio By and About Women to raise awareness about women’s social issues and the Lotus House, a resource center and residential facility serving homeless women and infants in Miami.

"The Harn’s recent acquisition and current display of the Lotus House portfolio offers a great opportunity for this unconventional program," said Tom Southall, Harn curator of photography. “In addition to examining the compassionate work and unusual career of Peggy Nolan, the talk will offer insights into the commission of works by several prominent photographers, including Carrie Mae Weems, Helen Levitt and Mary Ellen Mark. This program promises a “behind the scenes” perspective on Margulies’ organization of this portfolio and her efforts to merge concerned artists and philanthropic goals.”

Margulies and her husband, Marty Margulies, are internationally renowned collectors of photography and contemporary art―much of which is featured and available for public viewing in changing installations in their Miami Warehouse. Her personal passion has long been social issues and women's causes exemplified by her direction of the Lotus House.

Peggy Nolan, whose work is included in the portfolio, will discuss her role working with residents of Lotus House Shelter and her personal photographic endeavors. In addition to working with the Lotus House, Nolan is a photography instructor at Florida International University. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla., among others.

By and About Women is on display in the Harn Museum exhibition Highlights from the Photography Collection: Portfolios. The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 28, 2010.

Admission is free. For more information about the lecture, visit or call 352-392-9826.

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

Lotus House Shelter
The Lotus House is a resource center and residential facility serving homeless women and infants in the heart of the historic African-American district of Overtown, Miami. Lotus House provides free transitional housing and wrap around support services with access to a wide range of resources to approximately 130 women and infants annually. Lotus House was founded in 2006 with support from the Sundari Foundation. For more information call 305-365-2478 or visit

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