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November 16, 2009

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Director of Yale University Art Gallery to speak at the Harn Museum Nov. 18

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —University art museums are known for their missions of education and enrichment. At 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Jock Reynolds, artist and director of the Yale University Art Gallery, will speak about the importance of these museums in a lecture titled “The Original Work of Art: What It Has to Teach in a University Art Museum.”

“Jock Reynolds and his colleagues at Yale are doing great creative work in making the study and experience of works of art central to the academic journey of students and the lifelong learning of museum visitors in general,” said Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum of Art. “The innovative programs at the Yale University Art Gallery provide an inspiring model for other museums in university settings.”

Reynolds has held the position of Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery since 1998. During his tenure, he has emphasized true and ready access to the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery and has reached new and expanded audiences through innovative approaches to permanent collection installations, changing exhibitions and education.

Reynolds has overseen the expansion of the museum’s permanent collection, more than doubling its size to 190,000 objects. He has also led the museum through an extensive expansion and renovation, which is set to be completed in 2011.

Prior to his time at Yale, Reynolds served as director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., for 10 years. From 1982 to 1989, he was the executive director of the Washington Project for the Arts, a visual artists’ association.

In addition to his career as a museum administrator, Reynolds is an artist. He frequently collaborates with his wife, Suzanne Hellmuth. Their work is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Walker Art Center.

Reynolds earned his bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis. He has won numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists fellowships and a Fulbright fellowship.

Part of the Harn Eminent Scholar Lecture Series, this lecture is organized by the University of Florida School of Art and Art History and co-sponsored by the Harn Museum of Art and the UF School of Art and Art History. Admission is free.

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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

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