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

Online Exhibits


Camping in the Jungle: Scouting Stories from the Panama Canal Zone

group pphoto of boy scouts

An exhibition that explores the role of scouting in the lives of Panama Canal Zone residents as told in their own words.

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The Cuban American Dream: A Timeline

airplane silhouette

A timeline of events that explore the reasons behind the immigration of Cubans to Florida from the 16th to the 21st century, the pressure that such immigration brought to local and state governments, the reactions of Floridian communities to Cuban immigrants, the ways in which Cuban immigrants adapted to their new reality, and the contribution of Cuban immigration to Florida.

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Bob Campbell's Photographs of Dian Fossey's Karisoke Research Center, 1968 - 1972

Infant Gorilla Eating Berries

An exhibit of Bob Campbell's original slides. The photographs feature Dian Fossey, the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, neighboring peoples, and mountain gorillas.

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Subverting the Natural Order


Modern science and scientific knowledge flourished in the 19th century, but what did people actually know about sciences and how did they know it? The answers to these question are complex, but one thing is certain, the so-called rising generation of the 19th century gleaned most of its knowledge about animals, plants, geology, physics, and natural philosophy from books written by female authors.

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Come Visit

brochure cover

Promotional materials from South Florida between 1910 and 1950, progress from a city on the rise, through a hurricane that threatens it, then the resiliency of a city on the rise once again. Explore brochures from the era to see the ways graphics and iconography promote a town.

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Government House and the Stories of St. Augustine

Government House balcony

An exhibition in honor of the 450th Anniversary of the city of St. Augustine, featuring items related to Government House. Government House is located at the heart of this historic colonial town and is uniquely situated to tell stories about the long and complex history of the city.

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El Mundo

Puerto Rican flag

The tumultuous political history of Puerto Rico between 1936 and 1939 as reported through the newspaper El Mundo. This exhibition is a collaboration between the University of Puerto Rico Libraries, the George A. Smathers Libraries, the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), and the Latin American Research Resources Project (LARRP).

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Beast in the Book

L'Apocalypse Plate1 L'Aigle et le Serpent

The Beast in the Book: Animals in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Illustrations from the Middle Ages, encourages the viewer to reflect upon the ways in which the illustrators combined high art and imagination along with didactic messages.

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Panama Canal Centennial

Construction Crew in Locks Chamber

One hundred years after the opening of the Panama Canal, the University of Florida celebrates this monumental achievement, reflecting on the Canal's history, analyzing its impact, and honoring those who made it possible.

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When Phantasie Takes Flight: the Art & Imagination of Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham

When Phantasie Takes Flight explores the breathtaking artwork of Arthur Rackham and places his work within the broader context of children's illustration.

Curated by Suzan A. Alteri and John Ingram

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The Gathering Storm: Jewish Life in Germany and Eastern Europe in the 1930s

The Gathering Storm

Only available online, The Gathering Storm features items produced by or pertaining to European Jewry before WWII, including rare German and Yiddish newspapers, as well as ephemeral publications such as calendars, yearbooks and other communally inspired commemorative works.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson

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Imagining Jerusalem

Imagining Jerusalem

An exhibition to coincide with the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, Imagining Jerusalem showcases antique maps, historic photographs and rare books depicting, idealizing and imagining the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson and Carol McAuliffe.

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About Face: Revisiting Jamaica’s First Exhibition in Europe

Jamaican Interlude About Face which is only available online, celebrates Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence by revisiting the country’s first post-independence exhibition to tour Europe. Curated by Dr. Petrine Archer and Claudia Hucke, designed by Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler. Funding provided by the George Smathers Libraries Mini Grant Program

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Souvenirs of Modern Asia : The Prints of Paul Jacoulet

Souvenirs of Modern Asia : The Prints of Paul Jacoulet Souvenirs of Modern Asia is a complement to the exhibition of the same name held at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Featuring a selection of seven woodcuts and five letters, this online exhibition provides an opportunity to take a closer look at a truly original and fascinating artist. Curated by Dulce Román, Curator of Modern Art, and Allysa B. Peyton, Curatorial Associate for Asian Art.

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The Preservation Conversation

The Preservation Conversation This online exhibition explores the conversation that occurred during three of the historic preservation projects Herschel E. Shepard was involved in: the ongoing Gamble Mansion restoration, adaptive use at Government House, and the reconstruction at Mission San Luis de Apalachee. Curated by Austin Bell, Renee Kiefer, and Kim Tinnell.

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Jewish Jacksonville

Jewish JacksonvilleFeaturing manuscripts, photographs, newsletters and other ephemera from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Jewish Jacksonville tells the story of the Jewish community of Jacksonville, Florida in the 19th and 20th century. Curated by Rebecca Jefferson.

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Korean Art: Collecting Treasures

Korean Art: Collecting TreasuresJointly presented by the Smathers Libraries and the Harn Museum of Art Collecting Treasures features bronzes, ceramics, furniture, paintings, prints and sculpture from the Harn’s Korean collection. Exhibition highlights include photographs, xrays and video of a 17th century Gilt Wood Bodhisattva as well as rare blue-and-white porcelains and hanging scroll masterpieces by Kim Hongdo, Jang Seung-eop, and Kim Eunho. Curated by Jason Steuber, Allysa Browne Peyton, and Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler.

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Civil War Legacies

Civil War LegaciesFeaturing items from the University of Florida's Special Collections, this exhibit offers perspectives on Lincoln as portrayed in children’s literature, propaganda directed against the president and a study of the Gettysburg Address.

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Artbound 2011ARTBOUND 2011 features contemporary works by students making books in book arts and/or fine arts programs across the United States. The exhibited works have been selected by renowned book artist, photographer, and an alumnus of the University of Florida, Bea Nettles. Twenty-five handmade artists' books were selected for the exhibition from over 60 submissions.

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A Celebration of Jewish Life and Culture Around the World

A Celebration of Jewish Life and CultureCoinciding with the annual Jewish Heritage Month in May 2011, this exhibit highlights items from one of America's foremost Judaica research collections,this exhibit highlights items from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, to emphasize and celebrate the great richness and diversity of Jewish culture in various communities throughout the world.

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30 Years of the Price Library: Treasures from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica

30 Years of the Price LibraryCommemorating the 30th anniversary of the naming of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, the exhibition features highlights from the collection.

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Artbound 2010ARTBOUND features contemporary works by students making books in book arts and/or fine arts programs across the United States.

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Nuestra Cultura Past & Present: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage & Film

Artbound 2010Featuring selections from the University of Florida Libraries & Digital Collections celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2010).

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Carteles: The Efraín Barradas Collection of Mexican & Cuban Film Posters

CartelesThis exhibition features selections from the Efraín Barradas Collection of Mexican & Cuban Film Posters collected and donated by Dr. Ramón A. Figueroa. The collection, which is preserved and housed in the Popular Culture Collections of the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, consists of 378 film posters, lobby cards and window cards.

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From Canals to Conservation: An Exhibit of the Historical Everglades

EvergladesThis exhibition features correspondence, photographs, maps and other historical documents pertaining to the Everglades. The materials are gropued into four themes: Exploration, Dredging, Development, and Conservation. A general timeline, from 1890 through 1950 is also presented.

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Alternative UF: Counterculture Through the Decades

Alternative UFThrough photographs, yearbooks, letters, newspaper articles, and artifacts, Alternative UF: Counterculture Through the Decades, recounts political activism, sit-ins, Civil Rights demonstrations, Vietnam War protests, the alternative press, women on campus, and the hunt for homosexuals and other "subversives" on campus by the Johns Committee in the 1950s and 60s. Curated by Anastasia Bower, Candice Ellis, Ian Gaffney, and Bronwyn McCarthy.

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The Talkies : 75 Years of Award-Winning Movie Magic

The TalkiesFeaturing items from the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts and curated by Jim Liversidge, Curator of the Popular Culture Collections.

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