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

Past Exhibits

Collateral materials from past exhibits, such as catalogs, posters, installation photographs, and object lists are available in the Exhibit Materials Collection within the UF Digital Collections.

2015     2014      2013      2012      2011     2010     2009     2008     Earlier


Mysteries of an Autograph
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd floor
September 30 – December 16, 2016

GAbriel Garcia Marquez signatureThe works on display in Mysteries of an Autograph highlights autographed books that draw attention to the specificity of Latin American cultural legacy and examine the connections between the authors, autograph recipients, and donors.

Curated by Margarita Vargas-Betancourt with assistance from Antonio Cardentey


Why (not) Argentina?
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor
August 8 – September 19, 2016

JBoy holding garlic plantsThis exhibition surveys the forces of attraction and repulsion that initiated Jewish immigration to Argentina, made Jews leave for other countries, and continue to affect the Jewish connection to Argentina to this day. The items on display tell stories of hope, disillusion, tradition, terror, and courage of various individuals and several communities.

Curated by Katalin Rac


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


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


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


Science is the Religion of our Time: Einstein in Japan
Marston Science Library, 2nd Floor
December 1 – December 22, 2015

Albert EinsteinIn celebration of the centenary of the Theory of Relativity, this exhibition features a special collection of materials held in the George A. Smathers Libraries relating to Albert Einstein’s celebrated tour of Japan.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson


Subverting the Natural Order
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor
November 2 – December 18, 2015

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.

Curated by Suzan A. Alteri and Dr. Alan Rauch


St. George Street – Between King and Orange
Map & Imagery Library
August 24 – October 23, 2015

SAnborn Fire Insurance Map 1884A display of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from St. Augustine, FL focusing on the buildings along St. George Street, between King Street and Orange street. Specific dates shown include: 1884, 1888, 1899, 1910, and 1930.

Curated by Jennifer Farrington



Government House and the Stories of St. Augustine
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor
August 24 – October 23, 2015

Government House balconyAn 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.

Curated by Matt Armstrong, Tom Caswell, Jim Cusick, and John Nemmers

Read the interpretive labels


Celebrating UF Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Marston Science Library, 2nd Floor
June 8 – August 14, 2015

This exhibit highlights agricultural collaborations between the University of Florida and two HBCUs’: Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

Curated by Melody Royster and Suzanne Stapleton

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When Uncle Sammy Leads the Band: The Bernard S. Parker World War One Sheet Music Collection
March 15, 2015 – May 8, 2015
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

When Uncle Sammy Leads the BandThis exhibition pays tribute to the music industry during World War I. Representing and promoting both sides of the neutrality issue in the divided nation, titles such as America First, The Neutrality March and Don’t Take My Darling Boy Away supported staying out of the war while titles such as America Awake and What Kind of American Are You? supported a declaration of war.

Curated by Jim Liversidge

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Beast in the Book
January 12, 2015 - February 27, 2015
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

L'Apocalypse Plate1 L'Aigle et le SerpentThe 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.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson