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
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
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.
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: 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.
Living History: A Cultural Mosaic
Nov. 1, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2018
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
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.
Survive to Thrive: Live Beyond Sexual Violence
Aug. 2, 2017 - Oct. 22, 2017
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.
- George Cornwell
- Margete Griffin
- Tiffany Manning
- Hope McMath
- Princess Simpson Rashid
- Jim Smith
- Marissa Yow
Altered Objects: A Living History of Northeast Florida Culture
May 3, 2017 - July 23, 2017
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.
- Mateo Applecrumbs (Matthew Abercrombie)
- Mark Creegan
- Crystal Floyd
- Mark Krancer
- Roosevelt Watson III
- Elaine Wheeler
May 3, 2017 - July 23, 2017
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.
- UNF Professor Jenny K. Hager
- Jennifer Broadbent
- Nick DeGennaro
- Patty Macias
- Alexandra Miller
KESHA: A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race
Feb. 4, 2017 - April 23, 2017
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.
- 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
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
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
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.
May 2-July 22
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.
2018 Annual Best of Elementary Art Show
March 16 - April 25
Northeast Florida Scholastic Gold Key Award Winners
February 3, 2018- Feb 26, 2018
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
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
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
A travelling exhibit from the Arab American National Museum that featuring photographic stories from Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Photographer: Jim Lommasson