Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler
Exhibits Director
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.


Bo Diddley: An American Original
Smathers Library Gallery
April 1, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Bo Diddley: An American Original highlights the contributions and life of Ellas Otha Bates, later McDaniel (1928-2008), whose musical contributions and performance style indelibly shaped American popular music.

Curated by Jim Liversidge and Florence M. Turcotte, with assistance from Alan Asher and Venetia Ponds.


An American Canal in Panama
Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery, Smathers Library 1st Floor
March 16, 2019 - February 23, 2020

Group of people at demonstration to save the Panama Canal The Panama Canal and its surroundings were historically the source of tension between the United States and Panama. This exhibit looks at the sources of tension and examines events that led to the transfer of the Canal in 1999.

Curated by Elizabeth A. Bouton, John Nemmers, and Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler. With assistance from Elizabeth Bemis.


Ediciones Vigía
Smathers Library Lobby
January 7, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Ediciones Vigía presents selections from the Libraries collection from the Vigía publishing house in Matanzas, Cuba. Each book is a unique artistic production often including mixed media which are also often re-purposed or easily accessible such as newsprint, cardboard, and yarn.

Curated by Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler


Inspired by Cuba!
Smathers Library Room 100
January 7, 2019 - April 5, 2019

Inspired by Cuba! explores the many ways in which Cuba has been immortalized in ceramic pieces. The pieces range from the mid-18th century to recent years.

Please note that the exhibit is only open by appointment. Email exhibits@uflib.ufl.edu to schedule a tour.


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