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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Smathers Library Lobby
September 30 – December 16, 2016

The works on display in Book STEAM demonstrate the artists’ interpretations of the basic nature of our existence via literal and figurative translations of scientific concepts. They may or may not be “true” in a scientific sense, but these books make us feel something. Who can argue that is not just as important as a technological advance?

Curated by Ellen Knudson

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

View the online exhibit


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