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.

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Clearing Stones, Sowing Seeds: Photographs from the Travis County Negro Extension Service

February 5 – 28, 2019
Central Library, 6th Floor | 710 W. César Chávez St.

The exhibit Clearing Stones and Sowing Seeds presents selections from the Travis County Negro Extension Service Photography Collection (AR.2000.025). The collection, numbering over 600 photographs taken between 1940 and 1964, documents the variety of services offered by the TCNES, including animal husbandry, crafts, domestic education, gardening and agriculture, and home improvement. The photographs were almost lost. They were rescued by the AHC’s first African American Community Archivist Karen Riles, preserving an important resource documenting African American rural life in the age of Jim Crow. This is the first exhibition of these images.

Image: AR.2000.025-312

smithsonian poster a place for all people
For All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture

February 1 March 27
Central Library, 3rd Floor | 710 W. César Chávez St.

A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum in September 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. A Place for All People is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the museum. The permanent traveling exhibition is coordinated by kYmberly Keeton, African American Community Archivist & Librarian, Austin History Center.

Public tours will be available on February 14 & 28 and March 6 & 20, from 10-11:30 AM. RSVP

The Austin History Center’s African American Community Archives presents a series of Black History Month public programs about issues in the black community, genealogy sessions, scholarly presentations and exhibitions held during the month of February. All are free and open to the public and will be held at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, and other city cultural arts complexes throughout Austin.

Poster Image Courtesy, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Red Riding Hood II from the Bar Codes series by Paul Miller (DJ Spooky)
Mirror Mirrored: Contemporary Art and Fairy Tales

January 18 — February 24, 2019

Check out the Mirror Mirrored Events.

Corwin Levi’s book Mirror Mirrored provides the framework for his mixed-media exhibit featuring local, national and international artists reimagining Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

As writer Neil Gaiman reminds us, "Fairy Tales are more than true--not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten." Today, the most dangerous monsters reside not in haunted castles or forests, but right here in the real world. These tales are metaphorical swords and shields for our everyday struggles, and remind us that whether we are poor, unloved, sick, invisible, weak, depressed, oppressed, trapped, discriminated against, or simply mismatched with our world, we can conquer our demons and find a home that is right for us.

Featured artists: Christina Coleman, Amy Cutler, Sarah Fagan, Terra Goolsby, Annalise Gratovich & Polly Morwood, Katy Horan, Julia Jacquette, Tsz Kam & Nat Bradford, Joseph Keckler, John Kelly, Sara Madandar, Anna Von Mertens, Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Brittany De Nigris, Emily O’Leary, David Packer, Rachel Perry, Agustin Lucho Pozo, Denise Prince, Debra Smith, Kiki Smith, Ashley Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Stephanie Williams

Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7 PM

Curator Talk: Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7 PM

Central Library Gallery
710 W. César Chávez St. | 512-974-7400

art by Linda Anderson
Mirror Mirrored: Fairy Tale Tome: Book Art Exhibition

January 18 Feburary 24, 2019

Fairy Tale Tome is an exhibition created by artist Linda Anderson, presenting a collection of Book Arts and Paintings inspired by diverse traditions of fairy tales. The collection was created between 1993 and 2018, showcasing traditional bindings, medieval book structures, re-purposed books and hand tunnel books based on the artist's diverse training and techniques. It is located in the display case next to the main gallery. 

Central Library Gallery 
710 W. César Chávez St. | 512-974-7400

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