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.

Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery | April 6, 2024 – March 7, 2025

Track Changes

Long before a canal cut across the Isthmus of Panama, the first transcontinental railroad charted a similar path between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Built 1850-1855, the Panama Railroad transformed the country’s physical and economic landscape. It propelled Panama into a future of exponential importance as a global crossroad and a tumultuous relationship with the United States that lasted 150 years. The impacts, for better and worse, were profound. Curated by Elizabeth Bemis.

A Panama Railroad train emitting smoke while traveling through a grassy area

Smathers Library Lobby | May 15, 2024 – November 13, 2024

Museum Wonderlands in Children’s Literature

Children’s books introduce readers to museums through colorful illustrations and creative dialogue. They present museums as a place for exploration, discovery, and cultural acknowledgment. Curated by Jorge Arcia under the guidance of Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler.

An illustration from a children's book showing a child and their grandmother looking at a painting and an exhibit label in a museum

Architecture & Fine Arts Library | September 27, 2023 – August 5, 2024

The Making of Historic St. Augustine

Florida Governor LeRoy Collins established The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board in 1959. The state agency worked to restore and reconstruct historic structures in the city before its 400th anniversary in 1965. The Preservation Board was abolished in 1997, but its legacy lives on in St. Augustine’s historic downtown district. Curated by Laura Marion and Casey Wooster.

Two laborers gutting a wing of the Governor's House building in St. Augustine, Florida.

Education Library | October 3, 2023 – September 2, 2O24

The Pura Belpré Award, A Legacy in Latinx Books

Pura Teresa Belpré, born in 1899 in Puerto Rico, made significant contributions to librarianship and children’s literature through her 40+ years of activism as a writer, scholar, and the first Black Puerto Rican librarian for the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). This exhibit highlights the Pura Belpré Award and how it continues her legacy. Curated by Katiana Bagué.

The cover of First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez featuring the Pura Belpré Award medal.

Marston Science Library | July 12, 2023 – September 2, 2O24

What is Science Fiction?

With the world changing so rapidly and people’s imaginations growing along with it, science fiction is the perfect outlet for re-examining the past, experiencing the present through an augmented lens, and expressing future possibilities. Curated by Barrett Uhler, CJ Gott and Brad Curry.
 

A Star Trek illustration showing the character Spock battling with an alien serpent

MARSTON Science Library | April 27, 2023 – August 5, 2O24

Advancing with Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a technology of the future. AI is already here and embedded in our daily lives whether we realize it or not. Just 20 years ago, our exposure to AI was limited to science fiction, but now it is a reality that impacts everything we do. Where will AI take us in the future? The possibilities seem endless. Curated by Jean Bossart.

An illustration from the cover of 2001: Space Odyssey featuring a spaceship flying out of a space station

Library West | January 26, 2023 – June 24, 2024

Afrofuturism: Creativity of the Black Mind

Afrofuturism has grown in popularity in recent years and is present in every sector of popular culture. The literary and artistic style reimagines the past or creates an enhanced present and future through an Afrocentric lens. Curated by Antonette Jones.

A person wearing a spacesuit and helmet walking through a desert terrain.