University Gallery Celebrates 50 Years at UF

December 19, 2014 11:16 am

University Gallery, one of three on-campus art galleries under the University Galleries umbrella, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 with several special exhibitions. The main show, UG at 50: The Roy Craven Legacy, celebrates the legacy of Roy Craven, the gallery’s founding and longest standing director of 25 years. The exhibition is guest curated by Roy Hunt, an original member of the Gallery Guild, whose drive gave birth to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and its overall collections direction. The exhibition, which runs Dec. 2, 2014 through Feb. 27, 2015 in University Gallery on UF’s campus, showcases approximately 50 objects acquired from 1965 to 1988 that were originally in the University Gallery collection and were later transferred to the Harn Museum of Art. The pieces selected showcase an even representation of mediums, from Indian sculptures to contemporary photographs by some of the leading photographers of our generation. An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. in University Gallery and will feature baked goods by Vine in Focus Gallery. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

University Galleries will host three other complementary exhibitions in its other two galleries, Focus Gallery and Grinter Gallery. UG at 50: The Making of a Museum, installed Jan. 6, 2015 through Feb. 27, 2015 in Focus Gallery, will feature a family tree and timeline designed by Mint Design Studio, a student-run graphic design studio at UF, that further explains the relationship between University Gallery and the Harn Museum of Art. UG at 50: Roy Craven’s Journey Through South America, on display Dec. 19, 2014 through March 20, 2015 in Grinter Gallery, is curated by Roslyn Levy and features a collection of Andean arts and crafts that were part of the original University Gallery collection and are now part of the collection of the Florida Museum of Natural History. University Gallery at 50: Gallery Beginnings; Window to Latin America, on display March 30, 2015 through June 12, 2015 in Grinter Gallery, is curated by Dr. John F. Scott and features works from the Harn Museum of Art collection. These exhibitions are also free and open to the public.

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