The Gallery features rotating art displays from local and national artists. While the artwork is not for sale, visitors are encouraged to browse the artwork during open hours.

Gallery Rental

Similar to the Special Event Room, the Gallery space can be used for community programs and rented for private events.

Rosemary Wells Exhibit

Rosemary Wells is a beloved children’s book author and illustrator who has created many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as "Noisy Nora" and R"ead To Your Bunny." Wells’ exhibit in the third floor Children’s area will include illustrations from her book, "Yoko: Show and Tell." The exhibit is curated for Pre-K audiences, while taking young-in-heart audiences back to their childhood nostalgia of growing up with Wells’ comforting stories. Wells’ exhibition will be Austin Public Library’s semi-permanent collection.

Exhibition begins Thursday, April 25 in the Third Floor Children’s Area

Susan Scafati, Solo Exhibition

Susan Scafati is an American conceptual artist who explores the ways in which individual versus collective identities, personal versus cultural mythologies, are constructed. She explores the iconography and materiality that contribute to the way meaning is organized and its impact on human experience. Scafati’s solo exhibition features in the 3rd and 4th Floor Balcony Windows a 2-story, site-responsive, mixed-media installation that reimagines our constructed landscape as a suspended spectrum of everyday urban forms in flux. This exhibition extends to the library’s 6th Floor Living Room where Scafati’s archival pigment and silver gelatin prints and sculptures are on view. These artworks explore existence and perception, inviting us to think about how representation of one’s self and one’s world is expressed in our visual, virtual culture today. This project is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and sponsored by Big Medium.

6th Floor Exhibition on view April 19 – June 12

3rd & 4th Floor Installation on view starting April 16

Artist Reception: May 17, 2019

7-9 PM Central Library Roof Garden

Image: Installation at The Long Center for Texas Medal of Arts Awards. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

image of artwork of stag made from recycled materials
What a Mess: Calder Kamin

April 16 – May 24, 2019
Central Library, Main Gallery | 710 W. César Chávez St.

  • Opening Reception | Friday, April 19, 7-9 PM
  • Artist Talk & Workshop | Thursday, May 16, 6-8 PM

Calder Kamin’s exhibition What a Mess showcases trash transformed into sculptures, animations and installations, commenting on the mess humans have made for our natural neighbors throughout our existence. Through her art advocacy, she encourages audiences to find courage to withstand the growing pains by ending our wasteful culture, dependency on oil, and finding new resolutions.

This exhibition is dedicated to the student strikes #FridaysforFuture.

Image: Plastic Planet Stag, 2018, Calder Kamin, photo by Philip Rogers

General Information

Library Locations