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.

Smathers Gallery | August 16, 2021 – December 17, 2021

1821: The Americanization of Florida

In 1821, Spain transferred control of its colonies, East and West Florida, to the United States. Although many residents anticipated that they would eventually become American citizens, the actual change in sovereignty brought a rapid restructuring of their lives. Curated by James Cusick, with assistance from Jason Zappulla and Rachel Laue.

Stereoscope image of “Sitiki, a.k.a “Uncle Jack and His Home,” St. Augustine, Florida

Education Library | September 2, 2021 – December 17, 2021

Let’s Talk About Sex

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.

Illustration of person with heart around face

Marston Science Library | April 22, 2021 – December 17, 2021

A Future Worth Living

All of us will be impacted by climate change, a major issue on a global scale, but we can look to literature to help us find hope, action, and activism to create a future worth living. Curated by Greg Allen, Jean Bossart, Cynthia Digby, Peter Miller, and Ariel Pomputius.

Climate Changes by Philippe Squarzoni book cover

Library West | January 7, 2021 – December 31, 2021

All Black Lives Matter: Documenting Community Response to Racial Injustice

Photographs documenting the Gainesville community’s response to calls for justice for Black, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized groups during the summer of 2020. Curated by Tiffany Pennamon, with assistance from Sarah Coates.

woman with back turned to camera holding handrawn sign reading Juneteenth Break the Chains

Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery, Smathers Library | March 7, 2020 – February 1, 2022

Are We Next? Fear and Social Roles in WWII

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, war saturated everyday life in the Panama Canal Zone. 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. Developed as part of the graduate Exhibitions Seminar in Museum Studies. Curated by Elizabeth A. Bouton with assistance from Elizabeth Bemis.

Soldiers Operating Anti-Aircraft Gun in the Panama Canal During WWII

Marston Science Library | January 13, 2020 – October 15, 2021

Save Our Springs

The majority of your water in Florida is provided by essential aquifer systems. You may have visited nearby springs that feed our rivers, but where does that water come from? Our aquifers and springs are at risk due to pollution, vegetation damage, and overpumping. What can we do to save our springs? Curated by Michelle Leonard.

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