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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

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

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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