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.

They took an oath
They Took an Oath, Traveling Exhibit

June 15, 2019 – August 25, 2019
Central Library, Shared Learning Room 531, Floor 5 | 710 W. César Chávez St.


Larry Thomas’ exhibition They Took an Oath showcases the ongoing effort to commemorate the 19th Century Texas Black Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates through a traveling exhibit focusing on their 19th Century Legislation. The exhibit is part of the 19th Century Black Legislators’ Monument project unveiled at the Texas State Cemetery, March 2010 This exhibition is dedicated to these brave, courageous and often forgotten men of Texas and World History. This remarkable exhibit is from original legislative bills, House & Senate Journals and other legislative documents courtesy of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and the Texas Legislative Reference Library, They Took An Oath, Traveling Exibit.

For more information, contact the exhibitor at 512-517-9458.

Images courtesy of: Texas State Library & Archives Commission  

Elizabeth Chiles
On Water, an Elizabeth Chiles exhibition

On Water, an exhibition featuring more than a dozen photographs and photographic collages by Elizabeth Chiles. Presented in the library’s main gallery, On Water showcases two series of Elizabeth Chiles' work: Figs from Thistles, created in 2013 during the worst Texas drought in over a century, and On Water, created in 2018 during months of historic flooding along the Colorado River. Dried native grasses and improbably hopeful wildflowers are juxtaposed with lush plant life and vivid colors, revealing how water—or the lack thereof—has the ability to shape our surrounding landscape.


Central Gallery Exhibition on view July 16 – August 16


Opening Reception: Friday, July 19, 7 – 9 PM, Central Gallery


Image: Elizabeth Chiles, On Water

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.

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