Showcasing the Arts
UF is proud to put arts at the heart of our community by supporting and enriching student and faculty exhibits, performances, concerts, recitals and arts. The University is a place of discovery, both terrestrially and intergalactically.
Begin your journey by visiting UF’s Cultural Plaza, home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Harn Museum of Art and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. From there, continue your voyage by taking a walk through UF’s campus to explore the University Gallery or learn all about the moon, planets and stars with the Department of Astronomy.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Located on the University of Florida campus, the Florida Museum of Natural History is home to more than 40 million specimens and cultural archival treasures. Since its founding in 1891, the Museum has advanced its mission to discover and disseminate Florida’s biological diversity and cultural heritage.
As Florida’s official natural history museum, it is celebrated for its exhibitions that explore Florida’s unique habitats and cultural history. An exceptional hub for teaching and learning science, the Museum is dedicated to advancing research, education and public engagement for the Gainesville community.
Learn more by visiting floridamuseum.ufl.edu.
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts convenes a conversation across the disciplines of science, art and humanities. Dedicated to the cultural and artistic wellbeing of the Greater Gainesville community, the Performing Arts Center brings world-class international performers to the stage in Gainesville. Whether it’s a Broadway show, a transcendent dance performance, a musical act, or a public figure sharing their life story, the Phillips Center does it all.
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is an 112,800-square-foot-facility, which includes 40,400 square feet of exhibition space, five garden spaces, a 250-seat auditorium, study center, museum store, café and classroom spaces. The Harn’s collection totals more than 11,300 objects including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography with significant representations of Ancient American and oceanic art, as well as a growing collection of natural history works on paper.
UF warmly invites the greater Gainesville community to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art for an exclusive, free once-a-month event. Museum Nights offer an array of activities and performances with the purpose of creating meaningful connections between community and art. The museum is committed to the continued collaboration with the university and community partners to inspire, educate and enrich people’s lives through art.
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PHOTO: Lee Anne Chesterfield
Why I Love Living in Gainesville:
“Coming to the university town of Gainesville, my family and I knew there would be plenty to keep us busy, but we were surprised by just how much there is to do both on the University campus as well as downtown. We were also happily surprised to meet many residents who like Gainesville so much that they have lived here for 30-plus years.” – Lee Anne Chesterfield, Director of the Harn, who joined in July, 2018
Take a walk through UF’s campus to the School of Art + Art History in the College of Arts and you’ll find the University Gallery. The space is organized into three art galleries that encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society. University Gallery’s primary mission is to provide the community with a contemporary venue that continually explores new directions in visual art and historical perspectives.
Why I Love Living in Gainesville…
“Gainesville has a thriving community where a sophisticated and complex appreciation for art and the way it intersects with science, technology and the design of human experience thrives and where we are cultivating and nourishing a partnership between the city and university. By being a regular visitor to the UF College of the Arts’ art exhibitions, music concerts, theatre
productions and dance performances, Greater Gainesville residents participate in an ecosystem of social infrastructure and lifelong learning and wellness that is an ideal context to facilitate our students’ success. In turn, we aim to extend our work to function in harmony with the community through programs such as:
- The Center for Arts in Medicine’s Dance for Life classes and 352Creates network.
- Outreach by faculty members such as voice professors Brenda Smith and Ronald Burrichter’s Sing for Life project with the University of Florida Arts in Medicine program and the Oak Hammock Singers.
- Jacaré Brazil, who performs every year in the World Music Festival, held downtown at Bo Diddley Plaza.
- The Hippodrome, where the School of Theatre + Dance co-produces works each year.”– Onye Ozuzu, Dean of the College of the Arts, who joined in August 2018
The Live Oak Tree of Life projection artwork in Innovation Square is a symbol of how campus and community are connected, much like the Tree of Life represents the relationships between all living things.
Department of Astronomy Teaching Observatory
UF’s Department of Astronomy welcomes the Gainesville community to observe the moon, planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulae and other astronomical objects through 8-inch, 12-inch, 14-inch Cassegrain telescopes. The Department of Astronomy operates an on-campus Teaching Observatory for educational and public programs, free to the public Friday evenings when UF classes are in session, weather permitting.
Learn more at astro.ufl/edu/outreach/Public_Nights