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November 4, 2009

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Harn Museum announces the return of monthly Museum Nights

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Thanks to the generous support of the University of Florida Honors Program, Museum Nights will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Harn Museum of Art, beginning Nov. 12. Student Government will continue to sponsor Museum Nights once per semester at both the Harn Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Natural History. The next of these joint Museum Nights will take place Feb. 11.

“The arts are a vital component of a complete education,” said Kevin Knudson, director of the Honors Program. “We are proud to be able to assist the Harn Museum in its outreach efforts to the campus and community. Through Museum Nights, students have the opportunity to participate in the vibrant creative atmosphere at UF. The university is extremely fortunate to have a facility as beautiful as the Harn. I encourage all our students to take advantage of these monthly events.”

Museum Nights features live music, art-making activities, lectures and interactive games. While the general public is invited to Museum Nights, the activities are designed specifically for university students.

“Museum Nights is one of the outreach programs that we value most highly at the Harn,” said Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum. “We are committed to making the Harn’s collections and exhibitions accessible and interesting for UF students as well as others in our community. We greatly appreciate the support of both the Honors Program and Student Government to make this possible.”

At the next Museum Nights at the Harn, Nov. 12, visitors will celebrate arts at the University of Florida. Students from the UF School of Theatre and Dance will perform solos throughout the evening. Visitors may embrace their own creativity by participating in art-making activities led by the MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators). At 7:30 p.m., Sermin Ciddi, the foremost practitioner and private teacher of Ottoman miniature painting and illuminations, will give a lecture about the Turkish artforms.

Admission to Museum Nights is free. For more information visit www.harn.ufl.edu or call 352-392-9826.






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 nearly 7,000 works in five 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 two levels of galleries, curatorial and conservation space, and a series of outdoor Asian 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 www.harn.ufl.edu.







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Harn Museum of Art
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twroath@harn.ufl.edu

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