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Artwork and Exhibits at the Main Library

The Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) is pleased to provide space for exhibits that support its mission to enrich lives, build community, and foster success by bringing people, information, and ideas together. These exhibits may be educational, cultural, civic or artistic in nature.  Please see the Exhibit Policy for information about sharing your work.

First Floor, Jax Makerspace Gallery

Ties and Knots: Weaving Narratives of Northeast Florida

November 7, 2018- January 24, 2019

Ties and Knots exhibit, Nov. 7, 2018 - Jan. 24, 2019

Textile arts have a long history of tradition and utility. In contemporary art, textiles are among the most versatile mediums. Ties and Knots: Weaving Narratives of Northeast Florida is an exploration of the dynamic relationship between tradition and modernity, as textiles expand beyond functional art and into the realm of fine art.

Jacksonville: A Tale of My City

August 1 - October 21

Three vertical photos on the left and Jacksonville: A Tale of My City on the right

Jacksonville: A Tale of My City examines what it means to be a community as local photographers capture our city’s neighborhood identities. The exhibit and programs invite viewers to look around their own neighborhoods and see how the communities where they live, work, and play have shaped them. Take a look at where Jacksonville has been, where the community is now, and find opportunities to get involved in the development of these places that make Jacksonville our bold new city of the south.Jacksonville: A Tale of My City examines what it means to be a community as local photographers capture our city’s neighborhood identities. The exhibit and programs invite viewers to look around their own neighborhoods and see how the communities where they live, work, and play have shaped them. Take a look at where Jacksonville has been, where the community is now, and find opportunities to get involved in the development of these places that make Jacksonville our bold new city of the south.

Tale of my city in the gallery

Prescribed Expression: Relief in Healing Arts

May 2 - July 22.

Prescribed Expression, relief in healing arts, may 2 - july 22

Prescribed Expression: Relief in Healing Arts focuses on the impact of the arts in mental health and medicine, and prompts viewers to recognize their own innate creative abilities. Each of the artists uses their chosen art form as a way of escape, and to find release in their own unique creative expression. In this highly personal and inspirational exhibit, art, theater, and music therapy organizations of Northeast Florida come together to promote mental, emotional and physical well-being through the arts

Writing on the Walls and Banksy

Feb. 14 - April 14.

writing on the walls and banksy in the jax makerspace

Writing on the Walls: Visual Literacy through Street Art Culture immerses viewers in the world of street art while exploring its sub-culture of anti-mainstream themes, topics and challenges. 

Why is the library displaying the Haight Street Rat by Banksy?

The estimated $2 million piece of street art was removed from the side of a San Francisco bed and breakfast by passionate art collector and street art curator, Brian Greif in 2010. Greif invested his own money to have the work removed from the building and conserved to be shown to the public for free in venues across the country. Banksy—whose identity remains a mystery—is a famous street artist who travels the globe creating unique spray painted stencil pieces.

This was in collaboration with The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and with the generous support of VyStar Credit Union.

Theme: Expression

Living History: A Cultural Mosaic

Nov. 1, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2018

living history exhibit, american flag in center

This exhibit presents artists from a wide range of cultural backgrounds who will be invited to represent their stories through mixed media art forms. The visual storytelling art will explore ties to Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, as well as the subject of old, new, and transitional “home.”  As a result, these hand-crafted legacies will provide a map that can connect individual and collective pasts, presents, and even futures. 

Modular House and Accompanying Short Stories

Aug. 2017 - Oct. 2017

image of entire house     close up of side

An 8’ x 8’ soft sculpture house created for a 2016 BFA Florida State University thesis project.  This work explores the subject of family structures, and it was created repurposed family apparel. The interior of the house has a wall shelf, a bench, and a wall display for trinkets by Katrina Fernandez.

Theme: Innovation

Survive to Thrive: Live Beyond Sexual Violence

Aug. 2, 2017 - Oct. 22, 2017

flattened 360 image of the exhibit

Artists used a range of printing techniques and painting to create imagery and context that addresses how sexual abuse affects everyone.  Florida ranks third, behind only California and Texas, respectively, in instances of human trafficking. Jacksonville is a major location for this crime due to its accessibility by interstate, ocean and air routes. 

Featuring Artists:

  • George Cornwell
  • Margete Griffin
  • Tiffany Manning
  • Hope McMath
  • Princess Simpson Rashid
  • Jim Smith
  • Marissa Yow

Theme: Community

Altered Objects: A Living History of Northeast Florida Culture

May 3, 2017 - July 23, 2017

altered object artwork on wall

A photography, mixed media, installation, and sculpture exhibit that featured elements and perspectives that had been transformed with the intention to uncover variety of tales from Northeast Florida’s mulit-layered culture.

Featured Artists:

  • Mateo Applecrumbs (Matthew Abercrombie)
  • Mark Creegan
  • Crystal Floyd
  • Mark Krancer
  • Roosevelt Watson III
  • Elaine Wheeler

Jovian Treasures

May 3, 2017 - July 23, 2017

Jovian Treasures sign

A 3D sculpture based exhibit designed to solicit critical thought, research, preservation, and conversation via the intentional guise of a scientific history lesson consisting of an array of man-made ancient artifacts.

Featuring Artists:

  • UNF Professor Jenny K. Hager


  • Jennifer Broadbent
  • Nick DeGennaro
  • Patty Macias
  • Alexandra Miller

Theme: Identity

KESHA: A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race

Feb. 4, 2017 - April 23, 2017

Kesha sign with exhibited paintings in the background

An exhibit of figurative art, photography, videography, sculpture, and textile art that features 14 black female artists and themes around black femininity, ethnicity, identity, and stereotypes.

Featured artists:

  • Rhonda Bristol
  • Glendia Cooper
  • Dania W. Frink
  • Jovita Harper
  • Marsha Hatcher
  • MK Hollowell
  • Carla Jones
  • Erin Kendrick
  • Traci Mims
  • Princess Simpson Rashid
  • Crystal Rodriguez
  • Tiffany Rodriguez
  • Richlin Ryan,
  • Sosha Thumper

Facing the Frontlines: Climate Change from the Himalayas to the Coral Triangle

Dec. 1, 2016 - Jan. 26, 2017

A multimedia exhibit that features the experiences and insights of indigenous youth, educators, and community leaders living on the front lines of climate change in Asia by Matt Colaciello.

Voting Matters: Get Out the Vote Poster Show

Oct. 14, 2016 - Nov. 6, 2016

voting matters posters

A print poster exhibit that was part of the "Get Out the Vote" campaign designed to motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote. Presented by AIGA and the Young Voters Coalition, in partnership with the League of Women Voters.

Participation ranged from local artists and designers like:

  • Kingsley Spencer
  • Angela Mitra
  • Jason Campioni
  • Karen Kurycki
  • Hope McMath
  • Collin Green
  • Steph and Jim Ward
  • Lindsay Hubbard
  • Aaron Kaufman
  • Brad Simonds
  • Diane Holton
  • Katie Chandler
  • JT Felix
  • Mike Barnhart


Second Floor and Betty Francis Gallery (Third Floor) Exhibit spaces at the Main Library

Mili Ford

By Susan Henderson

Second Floor Gallery

November 7, 2018- January 16, 2019

Botanicals in watercolor and oil, exploring and exploiting the unique qualities of each medium from the transparency of watercolors to the brush strokes left behind in the plastic nature of oils. Each work reflects how Henderson perceives the landscape around her.

Avenue of Palms

Laura Robinson

Betty Francis Gallery November 7, 2018- January 16, 2019

To a Connecticut Yankee palms were a silly excuse for a tree. Over time Laura Robinson fell in love with their graceful lines, their ability to sway in the breeze but not break, and the frons that offer little shade but with great enthusiasm. Here, she presents palms as she envisions them, graceful, colorful, and not without their own sense of humor. Painting on canvas with acrylic paints, she recreates the palm. After all, palms are not even trees.

Inside Out

May 2-July 22

Inside Out poster

Inside Out is a visual journey through mental illness. Participants bravely express candid works of art that convey to the viewer what it feels like to struggle with diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, OCD and bipolar disorder. Inside Out explores self-harm and suicide, and allows those living with mental illness a space to confront their feelings and, through art, try to make sense of it all.

Inside Out Exhibit in the Betty Francis Gallery

2018 Annual Best of Elementary Art Show

March 16 - April 25

school artwork poster

wall of paintings

Northeast Florida Scholastic Gold Key Award Winners

February 3, 2018- Feb 26, 2018

2018 scholastic art winners sign

school artwork in the Betty Francis Gallery

The Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards is a regional visual arts competition for middle and high school students. The exhibit features the 343 submissions that earned gold key awards. Works that earned silver key and honorable mention awards are exhibited digitally in the Betty Francis Gallery.

Around the World with Lee-Margaret Borland

Nov. 15, 2017 - Jan. 25, 2018

Poster with examples of the artwork and the artist Lee-Margaret Borland

Lee-Margaret Borland can usually be found peering through her camera lens capturing images, and activity that has been her life’s passion. For her, these images tell wonderful stories and capture special times, something she eagerly shares with viewers. The work in this exhibit features images from fifteen different countries – including Austria, Belize, Costa Rica, Nepal, Patagonia, Peru.

Repairers of the Breach

May 3, 2017 - Sep. 30, 2017

eight small paintings on the wall

By merging socioeconomic and political themes with my experiences of living with the residue of a racially divided American South I fabricate scenarios and characters to provoke understanding of the physical and metaphysical aspects of the human experience, meted out on a viscous, richly colored, tableau.

Artist: Thony Aiuppy

What We Carried:  Fragments and Memories From Iraq and Syria

Betty Francis Gallery

Sep. 6, 2017 - Nov. 11, 2017

two rows of photographs displaying on a wall

A travelling exhibit from the Arab American National Museum that featuring photographic stories from Iraqi and Syrian refugees.

Photographer: Jim Lommasson



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