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

Resources for Curators


Smathers Libraries Exhibits Policy
Exhibit Timeline
Exhibit Proposal
Exhibit Style Guide
Condition Report Form
Outgoing Loan Checklist
Outgoing Loan Item Details


General Exhibit Tips

  • An exhibit is a story. What story do you want to tell?
  • Every exhibit needs one big idea, which can be summarized into one sentence, to guide it.
  • Everyone leaving the exhibit should be able to easily explain what it was about.
Indicators of Excellence in Exhibitions (from the National Association for Museum Exhibition)
  • An aspect of the exhibition is innovative.
  • The exhibition offers a new perspective or new insight on a topic.
  • The exhibition presents new information.
  • The exhibition synthesizes and presents existing knowledge and/or collection materials in a provocative way.
  • The exhibition includes innovative uses of media, materials, and other design elements.
  • The exhibition is particularly beautiful, exceptionally capable of engendering a personal, emotional response, and/or profoundly memorable in a constructive way.
  • The exhibition evokes responses from viewers that are evidence of a transforming experience. Such experiences are often characterized in these ways: It was haunting. The exhibition was an absolute eye-opener. I'll never see [that] in the same way again. I was filled with excitement. It knocked my socks off It sent shivers down my spine. I finally got it!

If you have any questions about the exhibits program or planning an exhibit, please contact the Exhibits Coordinator, Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler.