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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Sarasota Modern: The Sarasota School of Architecture, 1941-1966

November 11 - December 24, 2009
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Sarasota ModernAn exhibition featuring architectural models, drawings, and photographs from the UF Architecture Archives; with works by Ralph Twitchell, Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert, Jack West, and Gene Leedy, among others.

View the catalog        See the Conners Residence and Walker Guest House


Banned and Challenged Children's Books, 1990-2008

September 16 - November 4, 2009
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Banned and Challenged Children's BooksCurated by Rita Smith, this exhibit highlights children's books that have been banned or challenged between 1990 to 2008.

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Smathers Libraries Chinese Artifacts - Literary and Otherwise

June 4 - July 30, 2009
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Banned and Challenged Children's BooksThis exhibit of artifacts features art that may or may not contain literary components, but that illustrates the refined aesthetic and literate sensibilities that underlie traditional Chinese cultural production, as it played out in such works as scroll paintings that include calligraphic word puzzles and ancestral portraits that honor the family names through history.

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Alternative UF: Counterculture Through the Decades

April 20 - May 31, 2009
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Alternative UFYearbooks, letters, newspaper articles, and artifacts recount political activism, sit-ins, Civil Rights demonstrations, Vietnam War protests, the alternative press, women on campus, and the hunt for homosexuals and other "subversives" on campus by the Johns Committee in the 1950s and 60s. Curated by Anastasia Bower, Candice Ellis, Ian Gaffney, and Bronwyn McCarthy.

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For This Is An Enchanted Land: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Florida

March 20 - April 3, 2009
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsFor This Is An Enchanted Land features books, manuscripts, photos, letters and artifacts from the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers, held in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections. On display in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society in Gainesville.

View the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Digital Collection


Cuba: Past, Present and Future

January 9 - 23, 2009
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Cuban FlagCuba: Past, Present and Future, features rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other items from the Smathers Libraries covering over 200 years of Cuban history. These include early imprints on Cuba's colonial past, efforts for self-governance, slavery, nationalism, foreign investment, crime, women's rights, spirituality, popular culture and human rights. Special attention is given to twentieth century political movements and upheavals.


Buttons, Badges, and Bumper Stickers: 160 Years of Presidential Campaigns

November 3 - December 15, 2008
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

160 Years of Presidential CampaignsSponsored by the Stewards of Florida History and the UF Department of Political Science and ust in time for the 2008 presidential election, Buttons, Badges, and Bumper Stickers: 160 Years of Presidential Campaigns features campaign objects from the extensive collection of John Owen Clark, as well as materials from various collections held in the UF Libraries.

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Pop-up, Spin, Pull, Fold: Toy Books from the Baldwin Library

September 2 - October 31, 2008
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Toy BooksPop-up, Spin, Pull, Fold features pop-up and movable books from the Baldwin Library. The exhibition is a chronological display of children's books which foster an interactive experience between the reader and the book, including the complex pop-up books of current paper engineers such as Robert Sabuda.



Lebanon ~ Israel ~ Egypt: A Magic Lantern Ride from the 1920s to the Modern Era

May 27 - June 13, 2008
Library West

Magic Lantern SlidesPresented by The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica and the P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History, this exhibition features selections from the Elizabeth Pagel and Jacob H. Kaplan gift to Smathers Libraries. The photographs document Jerusalem, Cairo, Tel Aviv, and the Middle East through the eyes of Jacob H. Kaplan, a rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and Temple Israel in Miami who traveled to the Middle East in the early 20th Century.


Jim Haskins: The Professor, the Writer, and the Activist

January 1 - March 1, 2008
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Jim HaskinsJim Haskins (1941-2005) was a University of Florida English professor and prolific author, who wrote the book that inspired creators of the 1984 movie The Cotton Club. Included in the exhibit are all of his 150 books along with notes, awards and personal items from the collections of the George A. Smathers Libraries.

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Afterlife of Alice in Wonderland

October 15 - December 15, 2007
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

AliceThis colorful exhibition traces the continued presence of the text and images of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in American culture, by presenting a variety of editions, illustrators, media and artifacts, and showcasing the 1969 portfolio edition illustrated by Salvador Dalí.

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Views of Padre Cícero and Brazil's Northeast Region in the Ralph Della Cava Gift

August 15 - October 7, 2007
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Padre CiceroFeaturing materials donated by Ralph Della Cava, this exhibit traces the dramatic happenings of the late 1800s in the Brazilian Northeast interior where society and infrastructure collapsed during years of drought. From this emerged Padre Cícero, who garnered deep love and respect from the masses in the region. Reports of miracles transferred public devotion to political influence and power. Curated by Richard Phillips and Paul Losch.

                                View the exhibit catalog


Changing the face of Medicine

August 30 - October 6, 2006
Health Science Center Libraries

Changing the face of MedicineDiscover the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. The individuals featured here provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference. The National Library of Medicine is pleased to present this exhibition honoring the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers.


John Ormsbee Simonds Remembered

November 15, 2005 - February 3, 2006
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

John Ormsbee SimondsA retrospective of the life and career of one of the most influential American landscape architects of the twentieth century. Featuring drawings, plans, writings, photographs, and memorabilia from the John O. Simonds Papers, the exhibition focuses on his contributions to the profession as a practitioneer, author, and educator. Faculty and students of the UF Department of Landscape Architecture collaborated on the exhibition.

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75 Years of Blondie: 1930-2005

October 1 - October 31, 2005
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

75 years of BlondieCurated by Stephanie Boluk and "Tof" Eklund, with assistance from Mil Willis, 75 Years of Blondie explores the early history of the strip. Strips that feature Blondie and Dagwood's tumultuous wedding, the successive birth and development of Cookie and Alexander, and the forgotten characters such as spirited Hiho and Dagwood's wealthy parents are all featured.

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Early Botany Illustrated

June 14 - September 10, 2004
Smathers Library Gallery, 2nd Floor

Early BotanyFocusing on the botanical illustrations found in works from the Rare Book Collection and the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, the exhibit is divided into six sections: Herbals, Gardening, Botany of Places: The Americas, Individual Plants, Periodicals, and Children's Literature.

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The Talkies : 75 Years of Award-Winning Movie Magic

The TalkiesFeaturing items from the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts and curated by Jim Liversidge, Curator of the Popular Culture Collections.

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