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December 1, 2009

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Southeastern undergraduates celebrate creativity in the arts and sciences at UF Cultural Plaza

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Cultural Plaza is hosting the Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in the Arts and Sciences (CASE), an exhibition of research and projects in artistic and scientific disciplines on Jan. 24, 2010. Undergraduate students from Emory University, Furman University, Louisiana State University, Morehouse College and the University of Florida will participate.

For the first time, the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is joining the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art as a venue for CASE.

“University of Florida Performing Arts is pleased to be involved with the Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event this year,” said Dr. Michael Blachly, Director of UFPA. “The blending of the arts and sciences is a natural one, and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is delighted to be hosting the performing arts entries from the southeastern United States.”

At the Phillips Center, students will present dance, theatrical and musical performances. Art and science posters will also be on display in the center’s lobby. The Florida Museum and the Harn Museum will feature scientific research posters, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Students will be available to discuss their work and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Creativity in Arts and Sciences Event is an opportunity for our students to share their ideas in an environment where creativity is valued as a critical component of research and learning—not only in the fine arts, but in all disciplines including science,” said Lucinda Lavelli, dean of the UF College of Fine Arts.

This is the second year for the event, which drew more than 150 art and science undergraduate student participants and nearly 1,200 guests in 2009.

“Last year’s event was well received by both arts and science students and we hope that we will have a large turnout of local people interested in the connection in January 2010,” said Ben Dunn, director of the Science for Life program at UF.

In addition to presenting their work to the UF and Gainesville communities, participants will compete for several Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Undergraduate Creativity Awards. Prizes will be awarded to the most innovative presentations in the arts and the sciences and will fund the travel and attendance of each winner to his or her choice of a meeting, workshop or exhibition anywhere in the world. First place winners in the science and art categories will receive $1,000. Two second place winners in each category will receive $500. Four third place recipients in each category will be awarded $200.

Students interested in entering their work must apply by Dec. 1. An application and more information are available at All applications will be reviewed by faculty from Morehouse College and UF.

CASE is a joint effort of the University of Florida Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Program, UF-NSF Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates, University of Florida College of Fine Arts, Morehouse College, Harn Museum of Art, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Florida Museum of Natural History. Sponsors for the event include the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Admission is free and open to the public. Students with questions about submitting entries should contact Jordan Etzel,

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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