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.


From Generation to Generation: Gainesville Remembers the Holocaust
Smathers Library Lobby
April 9, 2018 - June 29, 2018

Portrait of two young men, Holocaust survivors This community-inspired exhibition explores how the Holocaust is remembered and memorialized by the residents of Gainesville, Florida. Through personal and official papers and objects, the exhibit offers a glimpse into the daily lives of European Jews in the pre-war period, provides personal insights into their experiences during WWII and the Holocaust, and illustrates their varied attempts to re-build their lives in the aftermath of unprecedented destruction.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson and Katalin Rac


30 Years of Conservation in the Libraries
Smathers Library Gallery
April 9, 2018 - June 8, 2018

woman's hands working Celebrating 30 years of the Smathers Libraries Preservation Department, this exhibition highlights the differences between preservation and conservation and the many ways Smathers staff have helped collections last.

Curated by Fletcher Durant


Served in the Zone
Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery, Smathers Library 1st Floor
March 3, 2018 - February 1, 2019

Woman buy canned goods with baby in shopping cart An exhibition of food and community identity during the American Era of the Panama Canal Zone. Served in the Zone features photographs, artifacts, and ephemera paired with memories from former Canal Zone residents to illustrate their impact.

Curated by Elizabeth A. Bouton


Then and Now: Celebrating African American contributions in STEAM
Marston Science Library, 2nd Floor
March 16, 2018 - May 7, 2018

portrait of Edward Alexander Bouchet Then and Now: Celebrating African American contributions in STEAM showcases some of the lesser-known, “unseen”, but significant research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) by African Americans.

Curated by Joe Aufmuth and Melody Royster


José Revueltas: Literary and Political Duality
Latin American & Caribbean Collections, Smathers Library 3rd floor
February 16, 2018 - May 11, 2018

illustration of orange orchid To read José Revueltas is to approach one of Mexico’s most talented and politically involved authors of the twentieth century. His novels reflect an intriguing mind, dedicated to improving societal conditions in Mexico through literature. The bilingual exhibit includes signed copies of some of Revueltas most notable works.

Curated by Margarita Vargas-Betancourt


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