a logo with an insect

March 15, 2016 – June 16, 2016 | Marston science library

Capturing Nature: The Insect World in Children’s Literature

This 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.

Group of Black Florida Home Extension Agents

April 22 , 2016 – June 3, 2016 | Smathers Library Room 100

African American Agricultural Extension Agents in Florida

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.

An individual standing holding a basket and facing the camera

April 22 , 2016 – June 3, 2016 | Smathers Library Gallery

Literature of Rural Florida

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.

A book cover depicting the harvesting of Guava

April 22 , 2016 – June 3, 2016 | Smathers Library Room 100

Agriculture in the Sunshine State

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.

A person standing in a field

August 8, 2016 – September 19, 2016 | Smathers Library Gallery

Why (not) Argentina?

This 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.

A page from a book with an autograph from Gabriel García Márquez

September 30, 2016 – December 16, 2016 | Smathers Library Gallery

Mysteries of an Autograph

The 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.

open artist book in shape of mollusk with delicate red paper

September 30, 2016 – December 16, 2016 | Smathers Library Lobby


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.