About the Galleries



The University of North Florida Gallery of Art is an educational institution that was founded in 1981. The Gallery is located in the heart of campus next to Peace Plaza in Founders Hall. The mission of the UNF Gallery of Art is to serve students, faculty and staff by exhibiting works that support the educational mission of the university and its role in society through the diversity of disciplines, lectures, workshops, teaching, and dialogue. 


The UNF Gallery of Art fulfills this mission by exhibiting student and faculty work, along with the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists, on a rotating basis throughout the academic year, and by maintaining the collections management initiative of cataloging and exhibiting works from the university's Permanent Collection in spaces on campus. The UNF Gallery of Art also collaborates with other departments to provide a cross-disciplinary cultural forum for the university campus.


The Back Gallery is a separate space within the UNF Gallery of Art, which is dedicated to exhibitions and works that cater to specific requests by UNF faculty for the purpose of student development. The space is also used to exhibit works from the Permanent Collection on a rotating basis.




The Thomas G. Carpenter Library has collaborated with the Department of Art and Design to provide a dedicated student gallery space, the Cynthia and Walter R. Graham, Jr. M.D. Student Art Gallery, on the second floor of the Library. The space is curated by Art and Design Faculty in order to showcase student work from classes across the Art and Design program, with exhibits changing on a rotating basis throughout the calendar year. 




The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, a division of UNF Student Affairs, was established in 2009 thanks to the vision of Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President for Student and International Affairs, and the generous gifts of Dr. Anne and Dr. Robert Lufrano. This Gallery plays an important role in educating and enlightening UNF students, faculty, staff, and the Jacksonville community on social justice and environmental issues and awareness. The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery is located on the second floor of the Student Union.




Through collaboration with the University of North Florida Department of Art and Design faculty and students, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville curatorial and education staff, the mission of the UNF Gallery at MOCA is to uphold the museum's commitment to enhancing visitor engagement and community involvement by exhibiting national and international contemporary artists, and providing educational programming, lectures, workshops, and conferences. This collaboration expands the efforts of both venues to provide transformational learning opportunities to students and to showcase UNF to the larger Jacksonville community.


The UNF Calendar of Events lists exhibitions and lectures for the UNF Gallery of Art and the UNF Gallery at MOCA.