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

Current Exhibits

All exhibits are free and open to the public during the same hours as the building in which they are housed, unless otherwise specified and with occasional exceptions for maintenance.

Let's Talk About Sex
Smathers Library Gallery
August 31, 2020 – December 15, 2020

Illustratration from Book Sex is a Funny Word. Person smiling with heart around them.

Children’s literature illustrates the changing attitudes towards sex education over time. Increased sex education has grown young people's sexual knowledge, awareness, and autonomy. It has also improved their attitudes towards sexual and reproductive health and behaviors while affirming the position of sex education within a larger framework of human rights.

Curated by Hunter McDaniel.


Are We Next? Fear and Social Roles in WWII
Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery, Smathers Library 1st Floor
March 7, 2020 - February 26, 2021

Soldiers in the Panama Canal with large gun during World War II Living in the Canal Zone and surrounding area was a unique experience as the threat of war increased. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, war saturated everyday life. Many were surprised that Pearl Harbor was attacked before the Canal, yet it made potential threats even more a reality. Fear shaped expectations of what it meant to be a patriot; be it a soldier, a civilian, a person of color, or a gendered ideal.

Curated by Elizabeth A. Bouton with assistance from Elizabeth Bemis.
Developed as part of the graduate Exhibitions Seminar in Museum Studies.


Pioneering Bilingualism | Bilingüismo Pionero
Education Library
October 21, 2019 - March 27, 2020

Coral Way Elementary Bilingual class in the 1960s Pioneering Bilingualism | Bilingüismo Pionero is a bilingual exhibit celebrating the story of Coral Way Elementary. In 1963, Miami, Florida's Spanish-speaking immigrant community was growing. In response, Coral Way Elementary became the first publicly-funded dual language two-way immersion program in the United States.

Curated by Brittany Kester and Pia Molina.


Florida Citrus Labels
Marston Science Library, 2nd Floor

Alligator Supreme Citrus LabelReproductions of Florida Citrus Labels from the Jerry Chicone Jr. Citrus Crate Label Collection. The labels presented are primarily from the first half of the 20th century.



The Art of the Sketch
Quiet Study Area Wall Case, Smathers Library, 1st Floor

Sketch by Kenneth Treister

Featuring sketches by Robert Broward, Alain Huin, William Morgan, Alfred Browning Parker, and Kenneth Treister The Art of the Sketch presents the uniquely personal and visual exercise for architects that facilitates discovery into spatial relationships, light, and volume.

Curated by Cindy Peterson