School of Art + Art History

Museum Studies

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Students have many opportunities to collaborate with the rich community of museums and galleries in Gainesville and the surrounding area. This list represents a fraction of the vibrant institutions within reach!

Harn Museum of Art - The UF Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is located on campus. It hosts incredible exhibitions and collections, as well as gorgeous garden spaces.

Florida Museum of Natural History - Located on UF’s campus, the state natural history museum is home to an incredible butterfly rainforest as well as extensive research facilities, including one of the world’s largest lepidoptera collections.

UF University Galleries - UF supports three on-campus art galleries: the Gary R. Libby University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Focus Gallery, and the Constance and Linton Grinter Gallery of International Art.These forums showcase student, faculty, and visitor artwork, as well as student curatorship and exhibition design.

4Most Gallery - 4Most is the UF School of Art + Art History’s off-campus gallery, exhibiting student and local artists’ work.

Alachua County Library - Our local library system has twelve branches around the county. They have an extensive collection and host fantastic programs for all ages.

Matheson History Museum - Our local history museum, the Matheson highlights Alachua County and surrounding Florida history. They host an annual speaker series, permanent and temporary exhibits about important local history, as well as a library and archives.

Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention - The Cade is an exciting science museum, home to exhibits and interactives for children and adults that foster invention and inquiry. Their Creativity and Fab Labs provide spaces for exploring science and art.

Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center - The Cotton Club was a historic center of African American music and arts life in Gainesville. Now, the restored building is a large-scale performance space once more, as well as home to a museum. The restoration of the Cotton Club and surrounding buildings is part of the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center’s plans to create a heritage destination preserving local African American history and culture.

Gainesville Fine Arts Association - GFAA is an organization and gallery space devoted to supporting artists and the study of fine art in the Gainesville community. In addition to exhibitions, GFAA hosts a number of fantastic workshops.

A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center - The AQJ museum honors the legacy of Allen Quinn Jones, educator and community leader, by exhibiting Gainesville histories of education, civil rights and African American experience.

Thomas Center Gallery - Inside the Historic Thomas Center, a cultural events space in Gainesville, is the Thomas Center Gallery, which often exhibits artists with ties to the local community.

Appleton Museum of Art - The Appleton Museum of Ocala has fantastic studio art programs, in addition to its stellar permanent and visiting collections.

Cummer Museum - Nearby in Jacksonville is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida. In addition to excellent art exhibitions, the Cummer’s historic gardens are one of their main attractions.

Ringling - Just three hours from UF in Sarasota is the Florida State Art Museum, the Ringling, an incredible estate featuring the Museum of Art and much more.

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