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.

2017      2016      2015      2014      2013      2012      2011     2010      Earlier



The Pre-History of the Comic Book

November 20, 2013 - December 13, 2013
Smathers Library, Special & Area Studies Research Room

Mutt and Jeff Featuring materials from the Penny and Sol Davidson Collection, The Pre-History of the Comic Book documents the emergence of the modern comic-book from 1885 - 1934. Curated by John Van Hook and Colleen Seale



100 Years of Range Cattle: Research, Teaching, & Extension at UF and
500 Years of Florida Cattle History

November 2013 - January 2014
Marston Science Library

An exhibit highlighting the importance and history of range cattle in the State of Florida. Includes photographs and maps that showcase the history of County Extension and the UF Animal Science research programs. Explores beef cattle as a cultural and Economic staple of Florida’s past, present, and future.

Curated by Elizabeth King and Valrie Minson


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

November 12, 2013 - December 18, 2013
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

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 from 1823-2010.

Curated by Suzan A. Alteri and John Ingram

View the online exhibit       See the list of included works


Memory and Landscape : Collegiate Gothic Architecture and the New University

October 1, 2012 - April 1, 2013
Smathers Library, Room 1A

Sledd Hall

The Collegiate Gothic style of architecture chosen for UF furthered the goals of university president Albert Murphree and the Board of Control while emphasizing the ties to older traditions. The environment envisioned by the campus planners helped provide the continuities of memory, meaning, and judgment. These remnants of the past became an integral part of the process of making a history and providing a context for the university. Curated by Peggy McBride.



September 9, 2013 – November 1, 2013
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor


ARTBOUND is an annual, juried exhibition at the Smathers Libraries featuring contemporary artists’ books by undergraduate and graduate students in book arts and/or fine arts programs across the United States. This years exhibition highlights award winning items from the exhibition’s inaugural years (2010-2012).

Curated by Ellen Knudson



April 1, 2013 - June 14, 2013
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor


Testimony showcases primary sources that bear undeniable witness to the Holocaust. Featuring the last letters from victims of the Nazi terror before they were murdered, the autobiography of a concentration camp survivor, photographs of the camps in 1945, memoirs produced by survivors, and artistic responses to the Holocaust.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson

See the list of included works


Values in Action: 75 Years of the Visionaires

February 1, 2013 - March 1, 2013
Smathers Library, Special & Area Studies Research Room

The Visionaires

Celebrating the lives of eight young female activists who founded Gainesville's first formal organization for African-American women, and how they and their successors have enriched the civic, social and educational lives of African-Americans over the past seventy-five years.

Curated by Jana Ronan


Florida 1513-2013: A Quincentennial Commemoration

January 24, 2013 - March 15, 2013
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Florida 1513-2013: A Quincentennial Commemoration

Florida: 1513 – 2013 features a series of vignettes highlighting some of the changes wrought in Florida over half a millennium. The exhibit showcases items from the collections of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida, including antique maps and historic photographs.

Curated by James Cusick


Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act

September 1, 2012 - April 1, 2013
Government Documents, Marston Science Library, 1st Floor

Government Printing Office

Featuring documents related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act including the text of the law, hearings held in Congress, Congressional committee reports and the Supreme Court Decision. Also included are publications from the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office and Congressional Quarterly.