Since 2002, Rebecca Nagy has served as the director for the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. In this role, she has advocated for the importance of developing the visual and performing arts in the community. The Harn Museum is a learning tool for UF and Santa Fe College students, and it also provides an educational setting for the younger children in the area. Moreover, the museum draws crowds of national and international visitors, making it well-known and influential within the arts community. Nagy’s position focuses on collaboration and partnerships with the local community, including UF, Santa Fe College, the Chamber, Alachua County schools, the library system, PACE Center for Girls, Reichert House, the Latina Women’s League and countless others.
After working at the Harn for so many years, Nagy believes her impact can be best felt there. She has devoted most of her time and energy to transforming the Harn’s image from an elite museum for collectors to a community-gathering place open to the public.
According to Nagy, the arts are “essential” to a meaningful and fulfilling life and are absolutely necessary to a livable, lovable community where people can thrive and prosper. For this reason, she is most passionate about the arts because she has witnessed firsthand the Harn’s impact on the community.
Nagy is most excited about the growing collaboration between the Harn Museum and the surrounding Gainesville community. She expects this relationship to continue to flourish.
Although Nagy loves Gainesville, she and her husband enjoy traveling the world. She has made several trips to Africa, immersing herself in the different art and cultures throughout the continent.