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

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.

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Maurice Sendak

August 15, 2012 - October 15, 2012
Smathers Library, Room 1A

Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Bernard Sendak (1928-2012) is one of America’s most beloved authors and illustrator of children’s literature. He is best known for his work, Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1964 and winner of the Randolph A. Caldecott Medal. Featured in the exhibit are some of his most well known books and material from his 1982 visit to UF. Curated by Suzan A. Alteri


Imagining Jerusalem

November 13, 2012 - December 14, 2012
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

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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Grimm Changes : from folk tale to fairy tale

October 1, 2012 - November 30, 2012
Smathers Library, Special & Area Studies Research Room

Grimm Changes

Focusing on the transformations, changes, and various editions of beloved fairy tales, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature celebrates 200 years of the Brothers Grimm. Curated by Suzan A. Alteri and Jasmine Tran.

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Zora Neale Hurston

October 26, 2012 - November 16, 2012
Smathers Library, Room 1A

Zora Neale Hurston

In celelbration of the 75th anniversary of Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, the exhibition presents highlights from life and career including original photographs, manuscripts and typed notes. Curated by Flo Turcotte.




September 10, 2012 - November 2, 2012
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Artbound 2012

Winning entries selected from the Third Annual Juried Student Book Arts Competition. Artbound 2012 is juried by Sarah Bryant of Big Jump Press and curated by Ellen Knudson.



Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine

August 28, 2012 - October 6, 2012
Health Science Center Libraries

Trading Cards from Harry Potter’s World Exhibition In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions which played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine.

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Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine


Common Reading Program

August 1, 2012 - September 15, 2012
Library West, 2nd Floor

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana The Common Reading Program exhibit features this years selected book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, topically related materials, and selections from past years. The Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, critical thinking, and encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.


William Morgan

April 1, 2012 - August 31, 2012
Quiet Study Area, Smathers Library, 1st Floor

William Morgan

Graduate students from the class “Florida Modern:The Identity of an Architecture Engaged by a Regional Sense of Place” (Professor Guy Peterson, UF School of Architecture) explore the modern works of Jacksonville architect William N. Morgan, FAIA. Focused on six residences designed by Morgan, the exhibition presents case studies on each structure analyzing them for their regional qualities and relationship between architecture and nature.

View digitized items from the William Morgan Collection


Jewish Jacksonville

April 23, 2012 - June 15, 2012
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Jewish Jacksonville Featuring 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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Women in the Civil War

March 1, 2012 - March 30, 2012
Library West, 3rd Floor

An Uncommon SoldierFemale abolitionists, cooks, crusaders, doctors, nurses, patriots, scouts, soldiers, and spies from the Civil War are displayed, in honor of Women's History Month.

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Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War

February 1, 2012 - March 7, 2012
Library West, 3rd Floor

LincolnOrganized by the National Constitutional Center and the American Library Association, and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this traveling exhibit focuses on President Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges posed by the Civil War.

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Atlases, Geography and Slave Routes

February 1, 2012 - March 7, 2012
Map and Imagery Library

Florida MapThe main display features selected sheets from the original “Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederation Armies,” published in 1895. Just outside of the library “The Geography of Lincoln” is highlighted and the final display focuses on the Atlantic slave routes featuring original 17th and 18th century cartography from the Antique Map Collection.


Civil War Legacies

February 1, 2012 - April 9, 2012
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Battle of OlusteeFeaturing 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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Alfred Browning Parker: A Life's Work

September 23, 2011 - February 20, 2012
Smathers Library, 1st Floor

Florida MapEstablishing his practice in the 1940s, Alfred Browning Parker quickly gained fame for his visionary architecture and extraordinary craftsmanship. Renowned for his environmentally friendly designs in the Modernist style, he designed and built over 6,400 projects throughout his lifetime and won numerous awards.

View Parker's sketchbooks within the Alfred Browning Parker Digital Collection