The Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) program brings to the University of Florida distinguished scholars whose work represents a range of fields in the history of art. Established by a gift from Dr. David A. and Mary Ann Cofrin, this endowment funds visiting scholars, lecture series and symposia featuring leading art historians, critics, curators and museum professionals. Free and open to the university community and beyond, HESCAH events typically are presented in collaboration with the Harn Museum of Art, and often with other departments and centers on campus. Since 1993, the HESCAH program has offered opportunities to engage with scholars and thinkers on the cutting edge of current scholarship in art history.
In 2021–22 the HESCAH program will host several events around the exhibition Plural Domains: Selected Words from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection, opening at the Harn Museum of Art and University Gallery on September 7th. A lecture by Dr. Cheryl Finley will relate to the Harn’s exhibition of works by Black photographers, Shadow to Substance. In addition, lectures by Dr. Ananda Cohen-Aponte and Dr. Mechthild Fend relate to the ages of revolution in Peru and France.