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Exhibitions at the Library

Art Services & Exhibitions Division

About

The Library System has a long history of cultural and educational exhibitions, and makes a special call to artists on a rolling basis for temporary exhibitions that correspond to selected annual themes and/or that highlight the library’s permanent art collection and services.

Additionally, the Vasari Project is an archive that documents the development of the visual arts in Miami‑Dade County since 1945.

For more information about the art collection, exhibition programs, call 305‑375‑5599 or e‑mail art@mdpls.org.

A Visual Narrative
Miami-Dade Public Library System's Permanent Art Collection and Exhibitions


A Closer Look at the Artwork of Emilio Sanchez
A Closer Look is a series dedicated to highlighting Library’s Permanent Art Collection

Library Artist-in-Residence Program
Interview with Jacob Brillhart, Rocco Ceo, Victor Deupi

Library Exhibitions

Pedestrian 1985 & 2015
Street Photography In Downtown with Liam Crotty and David Spitzer

Upcoming Exhibitions & Programs


Current Exhibitions & Programming

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Who Is Miami: Storytelling For Change

April 23, 2022 – August 13, 2022

Main Library

Who Is Miami is a multimedia storytelling collaboration between Impact.Edition and Good Miami Project to capture the tremendous – and sometimes invisible – efforts of local changemakers fighting for social and environmental justice. Explore the community gallery of inspiring photography and meaningful stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Good Miami Project provides pro-bono photoshoots for Miami-based nonprofits and individuals doing good to help further their missions. Images are free for organizations to use. Impact.Edition is an intellectual media space featuring community journalism that merges meaning and emotion to empower people with best practices and creative solutions for a more just, more sustainable world.


All Kids Included (AKI)

District-Wide Student Visual Art Competition 2022

The All Kids Included student art competition is open to all Miami-Dade students in grades Pre-K-12. Students are invited to submit original art work depicting the competition theme and are asked to draw on the competition's selected book for inspiration. This year we are celebrating diversity, inclusion and empowerment.

The theme for 2022 is inspired by the book, The Day You Begin, by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López. The Day You Begin is a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect with others, even when you feel scared and alone. Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Please visit www.allkidsincludedmiami.org for more information on AKI programs.

The All Kids Included – Accessible Art Experiences for Kids (AKI) initiative was developed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs in 2006 and is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and in part through grant funding provided by The Children’s Trust. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

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La Perla de las Antillas

An Exhibition from the Library's Collections featuring items with a focus from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Westchester Regional

Special Collections & Archives and the Permanent Art Collection present La Perla de las Antillas, an exhibition intended to share a time of Cuba for those who have never known it, have forgotten, and for those who will never forget. The exhibition will feature rare books, lithograph prints, ephemera, photography, poetry, and more celebrating Cuba's history, poetry, and architecture of the 1800s and early 1900s.

Pearl of the Antilles was dubbed so after the romantic title given to Antonio Carlo Napoleone Gallenga's journey to Cuba in 1873, seeing as it was the largest island of the West Indies upon his arrival. Used as a base to continue Spanish colonization and travel to neighboring lands, settlers prospered from her rich soil plantations of tobacco, coffee and sugar. The Cuban people would soon earn their independence from Spain in the Spanish American War of the late 1800s, a fight bridging together a relationship between the United States and Cuba which would later sever at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Prior to the embargo and the island being held in time, it was a destination for many—hypnotized by the fascination and magic of Cuba which could awaken the imagination of travelers, scholars, writers and artists from all over the world.

Poets from the island that are included in this exhibit showcase the illustrative power of language and poetry. Jose Marti, Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Jose Maria Heredia, and Dulce Maria Loynaz are showcased in this exhibition as examples of poets that have received international recognition and success as masters of their craft. Provided in Spanish and English, the sections of poetry have been chosen for a variety of reasons including their popularity within the culture, their elegance of execution, and their connection to the island's natural majesty.

Cover of poetry book La Perla de las Antillas