Florida Museum showcases two new prints by Gainesville artist Jim Harrison

October 20th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History has added two new vintage-style prints by local artist Jim Harrison to its popular art exhibit “A Taste of Nature,” on display through Dec. 7.

The prints feature the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Florida Museum, and are part of Harrison’s iconic “Gainesville Fruit Co.” series that presents North Central Florida landmarks.

“I chose to feature the Florida Museum of Natural History because I wanted to create a design emphasizing nature and our community,” Harrison said. “Since the museum embodies the crossroads of nature and community in Gainesville, it was a natural fit for this theme.” (more…)

Fla. Museum explores ‘gross’ science of human body beginning Sept. 27 Opening day activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. feature ‘impolite’ activities for entire family

September 18th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How much snot does the average person swallow each day? Which liquid is cleaner, urine or spit? How fast does air exit the nose during a sneeze? Discover the answer to these and other disgusting questions not allowed at the dinner table during opening day activities for the temporary exhibit “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body “from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Activities include story time with Nigel Nose-It-All, one of the exhibit’s main characters, led by Diane Colson from the Alachua County Library. Amy Simonne, an associate professor and extension food safety specialist with the University of Florida, will discuss the latest research findings regarding personal hygiene and food safety. Children can make mini-human puppets and fake snot to take home and continue the “Grossology” fun. (more…)

Jim Harrison’s vintage-inspired works on display at Florida Museum Aug. 7

July 22nd, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rediscover Gainesville and Alachua County through the vintage-style graphic design of local artist Jim Harrison, on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History Aug. 7 – Dec. 7.

The exhibit, “A Taste of Nature: The Design Art of Jim Harrison,” features Harrison’s bold and iconic “Gainesville Fruit Co.” series. The 13 images spotlight familiar North Central Florida landmarks such as Ichetucknee Springs and the Devil’s Millhopper.

“Through his series of fruit crate label-themed prints and other designs, Harrison uses the power of graphic design to promote North Central Florida’s natural beauty,” said Darcie MacMahon, director of exhibits at the Florida Museum. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts African-inspired performances Saturday during opening of ‘Inside Africa’ Live African butterflies to be released at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

March 11th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a day of African-inspired programming from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday as it opens the temporary exhibit “Inside Africa.”

The programs demonstrate how this diverse continent has helped shape modern music and dance through a variety of programs. Visitors may create Africa-inspired art and crafts and test their geography skills and knowledge of the continent with games and other activities.

Events include a performance by the Duval World Music Drummers as they explore the styles and traditions of West Africa and the Caribbean, a dance and drumming presentation by the Makare African Dance Family, a talk by Mildred A. Hill-Lubin regarding the role that African culture plays in her life and a concert by the Fort Clarke Jazz Band. (more…)

Florida Museum to open ‘Inside Africa’ traveling exhibit March 15 Butterfly Rainforest will feature live African butterflies

January 18th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Journey into the heart of Africa and experience its people and rich cultural history with the new “Inside Africa” exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History, opening March 15.

Based on the permanent exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago, the 6,000-square-foot exhibit takes museum-goers through a journey to selected sites on the world’s second-largest continent and offers a deeper understanding of the vitality, richness and significance of its people from historical and contemporary perspectives.

“Africa is the birthplace of humanity and is a vast continent with incredibly diverse and rich natural and cultural history, most of which is unfamiliar,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum of Natural History assistant director for exhibits. “We’re excited about the exhibit and our related programs, and their potential to inspire new family and community conversations. The opportunity to feature African butterflies in the Butterfly Rainforest is also a wonderful complement to the exhibit and a great way for visitors to experience African wildlife firsthand.” (more…)

Fla. Museum unveils Ken Sourbeer wildlife photography exhibit Nov. 29

November 8th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Catch a glimpse of the state’s vanishing habitats and wildlife in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest photography exhibit, on display Nov. 29 – March 30, 2008.

The “Florida’s Vanishing Habitats and Wildlife” exhibit features 38 photographs by Ken Sourbeer that focus on three Florida ecosystems: coastal zones, freshwater wetlands and upland habitats. Many of the plants and animals are threatened or endangered on official government lists, and the images are part of Sourbeer’s ongoing project to document these increasingly vanishing wild places.

“Ken is passionate about Florida’s habitats – their beauty and their fragility,” said Darcie MacMahon, head of exhibits at the Florida Museum of Natural History. “His intimate landscape photos inspire our stewardship of these places.” (more…)

Landscape artist Gary Borse’s paintings on display at Fla. Museum through Nov. 25

July 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is displaying four of award-winning artist Gary Borse’s colorful Florida landscape paintings through Nov. 25.

“The Soul of Florida Landscapes” exhibition, on display since Thursday, is described by Borse as “attempting to capture the essence of mystery and excitement that someone might feel, more than see, when experiencing a landscape.”

Borse’s paintings have been featured in many invitational and solo exhibits, recently including one in the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. Last year, he won first place in acrylic painting in the book “The Best Artists and Artisans of Florida 2006.” (more…)

Fla. Museum offers special programs for shark exhibit opening Saturday Bring your fossils and ‘Stump the Smithsonian Paleontologists’ Exhibit features 60-foot-long Megalodon walk-through sculpture

June 11th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for a day of family fun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday during the opening of the national traveling exhibit, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived.”

Visitors may bring in their own fossils to try and “Stump the Smithsonian Paleontologists” while having the fossils identified. Other family fun and discovery includes activities and interaction with area fossil club representatives and Florida Museum researchers as well as gallery walks with other local shark experts, including Mark Renz, author of “Megalodon: Hunting the Hunted.” Renz will give a gallery walk at 11 a.m. followed by a book signing session from 12-4 p.m.

Produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” features a 60-foot-long walk-through sculpture of the giant shark and will on display through Jan. 6, 2008. Admission to the Megalodon exhibit is free, though a donation is suggested. (more…)

Fla. Museum opens new shark exhibit June 16 featuring 60-foot-long Megalodon Bring your fossils and "Stump the Smithsonian Paleontologists"

May 31st, 2007

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At 60 feet long, Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived and a dominant marine predator. Sharks are at risk today, with recent population declines attributed to humans. Though Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story inspires lessons for science and shark conservation.

The Florida Museum of Natural History tells this remarkable story in its exciting new national traveling exhibition, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” which opens June 16. The exhibition features a 60-foot-long walk-through sculpture and highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding giant prehistoric sharks. (more…)

Fla. Museum exhibit features photographs from Horn of Africa

March 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum is displaying “African Pathways to Urbanism: Photographs by Peter Schmidt,” through July 22. This exhibit showcases archaeologist Peter Schmidt’s documentation of ancient urban centers in the Horn of Africa. Schmidt, a University of Florida anthropology professor, and has been engaged in African archaeology for nearly 40 years.

The images begin with the Ancient Ona civilization that prospered about 2,800 to 2,300 years ago and continues through later prominent major urban centers including a huge garden city with its marvelous stone-cut dam and dozens of podium buildings with columns, called “temples” by the first European visitors. Finally, visitors will see Keskese, a community that appears influenced by southern Arabia. (more…)

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