Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler
Exhibits Coordinator
527 Library West
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Email: l.s.wheeler@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 273-2564

Current Exhibits

All exhibits are free and open to the public during the same hours as the building in which they are housed, unless otherwise specified and with occasional exceptions for maintenance.


African American agricultural extension agents in Florida
Smathers Library, Room 100
April 22 – June 3, 2016

This exhibit celebrates the important contributions of African American extension agents, not just to their immediate communities but to the state as a whole.

Curated by Melody Royster with assistance from Peggy McBride


Agriculture in the Sunshine State
Smathers Library, Room 100
April 22 – June 3, 2016

Featuring the varied crops and laborers that comprise Florida’s dwindling industries, as seen in archival and ephemeral artifacts from the George A. Smathers Libraries' collections.

Curated by Suzanne Stapleton with assistance from Peggy McBride and Jim Cusick


Literature of Rural Florida
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor
April 22 – June 3, 2016

Literature of Rural Florida highlights the harsh realities of life in the South, including agriculture and natural disasters, as described by leading authors of the 20th century, including Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Stetson Kennedy. The exhibit features books, photographs, and a salvaged manuscript from Hurston.

Curated by Valrie Minson with assistance from Jim Cusick and Flo Turcotte


Capturing Nature: The Insect World in Children’s Literature
Marston Science Library, 2nd Floor
March 15 – June 16, 2016

insect world in art logoThis selection of books from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature represents the diverse perspectives with which children, and indeed many adults, see the hidden world of insects.

Curated by Andrea Lucky, Brielle Jenkins, and Tara Cataldo with assistance from Suzan A. Alteri


Florida Citrus Labels
Marston Science Library, 2nd Floor

Alligator Supreme Citrus LabelReproductions of Florida Citrus Labels from the Jerry Chicone Jr. Citrus Crate Label Collection. The labels presented are primarily from the first half of the 20th century.



The Art of the Sketch
Quiet Study Area Wall Case, Smathers Library, 1st Floor

Sketch by Kenneth Treister

Featuring sketches by Robert Broward, Alain Huin, William Morgan, Alfred Browning Parker, and Kenneth Treister The Art of the Sketch presents the uniquely personal and visual exercise for architects that facilitates discovery into spatial relationships, light, and volume.

Curated by Cindy Peterson