After fifteen years as director of the University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art, Rebecca M. Nagy has announced that she will retire in the summer of 2018. Under her leadership, the museum more than doubled its permanent collection and completed several building expansions, including the addition of a new 18,000-square-foot contemporary art wing and a 26,000-square-foot wing for the exhibition, conservation, and study of Asian art.
“It has been an honor to lead the Harn through significant growth in what feels like a very short amount of time,” Nagy said. “My years here have provided challenges, rich rewards, and much joy and satisfaction. There are great things ahead for the Harn. I leave secure in the knowledge that my colleagues’ passion, energy and dedication to excellence will thrive under new leadership.”
Prior to her appointment as director of the Harn in 2002, Nagy spent seventeen years at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, where she concluded her tenure as associate director of education while also serving as curator of African art. From 1988 through 2002, she also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded her doctorate in art history in 1983. Nagy is currently an editor at the scholarly journal African Arts, and serves as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors.