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Daytona arts leader Gary Libby honored with University of Florida gallery renaming
By Rick de Yampert firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Libby remembers growing up in Fort Myers “where we didn’t have a museum.”
As a student at the University of Florida in the mid-1960s, he was vacillating between law and pre-med when he “walked into the brand new art and architecture complex and the galleries there,” Libby said. “What an eye-opener it was for me. It was transformational.”
So much so that Libby said goodbye to law and medicine and pursued a career in the arts, arts education and arts administration. Now the University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History is renaming its Focus Gallery as the Gary R. Libby Gallery.
The honor is “in recognition of the philanthropy and ongoing support” of Libby,” a UF news release said.
“The announcement was a big surprise,” said Libby, a Daytona Beach resident. “It’s a wonderful thrill. It makes you feel that everything you’ve done has been appreciated.”
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Gary has been a real champion of the arts in Florida and a strong advocate for the artwork of our State. By shining a spotlight on the famous artists who completed work in Florida, Gary has added to the National cultural conversation and added true value to the state of Florida's identity within that conversation. Congratulations to Gary on the honor and much praise to UF for the renaming.
Mr Libby wrote one of the definitive books on Florida art and on one of the most important Florida art collections; Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection