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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 special collections 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 or the Vasari archive, call 305‑375‑5599 or e‑mail

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

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

Pablo Cano's Library Exhibition
Pablo Cano To The Eye Behind The Keyhole — 1979‑2016

Library Exhibitions

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

Current Exhibitions & Programming

Plan(T): Miami Mangrove Forest
Eco-art by Xavier Cortada

September 19, 2019 - January 18, 2020
Main Library, 2nd Floor Gallery

In 2004, Miami environmental artist Xavier Cortada worked with hundreds of Hands on Miami volunteers to metaphorically reforest the I-95 underpasses in the downtown Miami, Little Havana and Allapattah neighborhoods.

Cortada's images of mangrove seedlings were used by volunteers to paint dozens of columns beneath I‑95 and create the “Miami Mangrove Forest.”

Fast‑forward two years, Cortada staged an ecological art intervention with his “Reclamation Project,” where the community has since planted eight acres of mangroves on Biscayne Bay.

This art exhibition features the original drawings of mangrove seedlings that were initially exhibited at the OMNIART Miami Art Fair in December 2004.

Fifteen years later, Cortada is asking residents to actually grow Miami’s mangrove forest by planting salt‑tolerant mangrove seedlings in their yards. Through his “Plan(T)” eco‑art project they will plan for the future and plant mangrove seedlings to help combat saltwater intrusion, serve as storm buffers and prepare for sea‑level rise.

Recently acquired as part of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection, Cortada’s “Miami Mangrove Forest” drawings will be permanently exhibited at each library branch to encourage residents to continue to learn and work together to “Plan(T)” for the future.

Learn more at

Close up of mangrove seedlings inside cups of water mounted on a window

Starting Ahead
By André Chung, C. W. Griffin and Carl‑Philippe Juste

September 14 - December 18, 2019
West Dade Regional

The beautiful portraits in this photography exhibition capture special moments between children and the significant adults in their lives. The photographs were taken in a variety of settings where educational, economic, and health and wellness supports are provided, including seven childcare centers, one family childcare home, a childcare subsidy resource center and a community health center.

“The future of Florida and our nation rests in the hands of our youngest children. Yet a third of all children in Florida will fall behind long before they meet their kindergarten teacher. It is in our best interest to ensure that all children, regardless of the circumstances into which they are born, have a real chance to achieve their fullest potential and dreams. “Starting Ahead” is a photographic exhibition in support of The Children’s Movement of Florida, a collective of citizens insisting that the youngest among us be our state’s highest priority.”

– Dr. Yolanda Sánchez, artist, professor and former Division Director for the Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division at Miami International Airport.

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Exploration Station, The Preschool at Miami Dade College
André Chung/Iris PhotoCollective
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Cherry Blossoms Learning Center
C.W. Griffin/Iris PhotoCollective

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Learn About Where You Live: Shenandoah
A Dade Heritage Trust Exhibition

September 6 - December 20, 2019
Shenandoah Branch

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 7, 6:00 p.m. ‑ 7:30 p.m.

Learn About Where You Live: Shenandoah is a Dade Heritage Trust initiative which documented approximately 650 historic and culturally significant properties in Miami’s Shenandoah neighborhood. Predominantly featured in the neighborhood are 1920s and 1930s buildings, which have served as the homes of successive waves of ethnic and immigrant groups since the 1920s.

With lovely residential architecture, tree‑lined streets and connectivity to Calle Ocho, Downtown Miami, Brickell and Coconut Grove, Shenandoah is one of Miami’s most desirable neighborhoods and deserving of a study to educate residents and visitors about its architectural and cultural heritage.

This exhibit features both contemporary and historic images of a sampling of Shenandoah’s residential architecture. The contemporary images were captured by renowned architectural photographer Steven Brooke. The historic images were gathered from original property tax cards in the possession of the City of Miami’s Historic Preservation Office. Note the differences in landscaping, building ornamentation, window styles and more in the photographs.

The Learn About Where You Live: Shenandoah project was made possible through a grant from the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources. Neighborhood documentation and a resulting survey report as required by the grant were produced by Miami‑based urban planning firm, PlusUrbia. Dade Heritage Trust also acknowledges the City of Miami’s Historic Preservation Office, Little Gables Group and the residents of Shenandoah for their contributions to this beautiful project.

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Gitxsan First Nation

Silkscreen Prints from the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

September 1 - December 31, 2019
Miami Beach Regional

The Gitxsan are an indigenous people of British Columbia, Canada, who live along the Skeena River. The word Gitxsan means “people of the River of Mist.” Gitxsan are a matrilineal society that consists of four clans: wolf, frog, fireweed, and eagle. Storytelling, songs and oral history are a major part of their belief system.

This exhibition features a beautiful collection of original silkscreen prints from the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection by six Gitxsan artists including Walter Harris, Vernon Stephens, Art “Myanxa” Sterritt, Neil J. Sterritt, Ken M. Mowatt, and Earl Muldoe.

The Gitxsan are noted for their traditional arts, ranging from weaving complex Chilkat blankets to intricately carving mountain‑sheep horn spoons and the totem poles that the heirs of chiefs were obligated to raise as memorials. Learning and producing traditional crafts are encouraged by programs of Ksan (the reconstructed Gitxsan village which serves as a cultural center). These artists created their own unique styles that draw on traditional Gitxsan culture and history.

Black and white portrait of Walter Harris
“Art is my life and the life of my people. I want my work through the many pieces I have created, to live and carry on the rich traditional of our people.” – Walter Harris
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Eagle with Salmon, 1978
Silkscreen print, Earl Muldoe

Through the Lens

Photographs from the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

August 1 - December 31, 2019
Main Library – First Floor Exhibition Area

Lunchtime Photography Lecture with Miami Herald photojournalist Carl Juste

Friday, December 6, Noon ‑ 2:00 p.m.

Portrait of photojournalist Carl-Philippe Juste
Carl‑Philippe Juste
Born in Port‑au‑Prince, Carl‑Philippe Juste came to the United States with his politically active family in 1965. Raised in Brooklyn, he arrived in Miami in 1973, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami and has worked at The Miami Herald since 1991. Assignments have taken him to Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to the nation of his birth. Juste is co‑founder of Iris PhotoCollective, a collaboration to create a new context for exploring and documenting the relationship of people of color to the broader world.

This exhibition highlights a selection of color and black‑and‑white photographs from the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System. The exhibit includes works by Gary Monroe, Howard Moss, David Spitzer, Mario Algaze, Gleason Waite Romer, Roberto Machado Ortega, Alexis Rodriguez Duarte, Richard Davenport, Noelle Theard, Ramon Guerrero and many more. The photographs serve as an important visual historical record for the community, chronicling social, cultural and artistic change in Miami over the past 40 years.

Black and white photo of an elderly woman leaning on a cane while sitting in a chair and a white cat beside
Emilio’s Mother by Ramon Guerrero

A traves del lente

Fotografías de la colección permanente de arte del Sistema de Bibliotecas Públicas de Miami‑Dade

1 de agosto - 31 de diciembre de 2019
Main Library – Area de exposición, 1er piso

Charla y Recorrido de la Exhibición

Viernes, 6 de diciembre, 12 ‑ 2:00 p.m.

Esta exposición hace hincapié en una selección de fotografías en color, y en blanco y negro, de la colección permanente de arte del Sistema de Bibliotecas Públicas de Miami‑Dade. La exposición incluye obras de Gary Monroe, Howard Moss, David Spitzer, Mario Algaze, Gleason Waite Romer, Roberto Machado Ortega, Alexis Rodriguez Duarte, Richard Davenport, Noelle Theard, Ramon Guerrero y muchos más. Las fotografías fungen como un importante registró visual histórico para la comunidad, sirviendo de crónica del cambio social, cultural y artístico que ha tenido lugar en Miami en los últimos 40 años.

Foto en blanco y negro de una anciana inclinada sobre un bastón mientras está sentado en una silla y un gato blanco al lado
Emilio’s Mother por Ramon Guerrero

Upcoming Exhibitions & Programs