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Exhibitions at the Library

Art Services & Exhibitions Department

Art Programming & Happenings Current Exhibitions Coming Soon

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

Collaging with Friends
An interactive art class with Alexandra Rincon

Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m. ‑ 7 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Join us for an evening of exploring the endless possibilities of collages/mixed media, creativity and fun. Collaging gives us the opportunity to combine all the different mediums we love including photography, drawing, newspaper cutouts, writings and anything else you can imagine. Using different types of mediums gives us the chance to give life to our creativity in a new light. Come join us for the opportunity of creating unique works of art with friends.

Alexandra Rincon is a Miami artist with a BA in photography. She has worked as a commercial photographer in Miami for the past four years, but has always enjoyed creating any type of art, especially combining photography with other media. She has been inspired by artists like Man Ray, Francesca Woodman, Hannah Hoch, Basquiat and Viggo Mortensen.

Erika Tysse, Brave, from Mixed Emulsions by Angela Cartwright

Erika Tysse, Brave, from Mixed Emulsions by Angela Cartwright

Wrapped canvas, original vintage photograph, found papers, acrylic paint, Caran d'ache watersoluble wax pastels, Memory Makers rub‑ons, Golden matte medium, high‑gloss varnish

Synergy and Serenity: Paintings by Pedro A. Figueredo

July 22, 2016 - January 2, 2017
West Dade Regional – 1st & 2nd Floor Galleries

In the tradition of abstract painting, Pedro A. Figueredo's artworks display a combination of spontaneous gestures and the precise application of paint to achieve expressive content. From fleeting sensations to the essence of concepts, his paintings capture the mundane to the sublime. Figueredo finds inspiration in nature, dance, music, emotions, and literature.

Chromatic, luminous, and poetic are qualities often associated with Figueredo's paintings. His use of color ranges from diverse contrasting intensities to a limited palette. Working with acrylic paint on canvas, Figueredo applies multiple layers of color pigments and gels to achieve depth and light. To enhance the abstract content, he gives poignant and expressive titles to his paintings. Figueredo often refers to his paintings as “chromatic poems.”

Pedro A. Figueredo is a Miami resident, born in Bayamo, Cuba, and raised in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University (New York City), and a Master in Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida). As Art Editor of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Figueredo promotes local, national, and international visual artists.

Amazonas, Pedro Figueredo
“Amazonas” (2013). Acrylic on canvas; 40 x 30 in.

May 30 - August 28
Main Library – 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

Zena Posever (1911‑2012) pioneered as an artist and activist in South Florida from the mid‑1940s through the 1990s. Her distinctive contributions to the Dade County art and social scene are highlighted in this retrospective of her humanist sculpture and empathetic drawings.

For over fifty years in this area, Zena drew and sculpted portraits of distinguished South Floridians and many ordinary people who inspired her. She joined in civil rights and peace demonstrations and founded the organization “Artists Speak for Peace.”

Having moved to Miami Beach after graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia as a sculpture fellow, Zena taught returning WWII soldiers, who were set up for convalescing in Miami Beach hotels by the American Red Cross, before establishing her own working and teaching studio on Normandy Isle. She educated eager audiences through the Miami‑Dade Public Library System with lecture demonstrations in portrait sculpture and taught community sculpture, ceramics, and drawing classes, including at Miami Dade College. As a member of the developing art community, she organized and participated in numerous local and state‑wide shows.

This exhibition features Zena’s sculpture and sketches showing humanistic themes, drawings of Miamians, public and private sculpture commissions, portraits of her heroes, civil rights and peace movement materials, and artifacts. Through this exhibition, learn more about this artist and her advocacy in our community before it became the fashionable art mecca we know today.

Zena Posever: Fifty Years of Art and Advocacy in Miami

Join us for a lecture and exhibition tour by the artist's daughter Verna P. Curtis
Saturday, July 23, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery


May 28 - October 29
Main Library – Lobby

Little People Playthings – Dolls have traditionally been used in magic and religious rituals around the world. Pocket of Lollipops will intervene with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s acquired Doll Collection and explore their cultural heritage with an art installation. Each doll has its distinctive style by world region. As part of the MDPLS’s artist pop up studio program, multi‑disciplinary artists Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel will relinquish childhood memories and compose new stories through workshops and performance.

Pocket Of Lollipops is a posh‑punk South Florida outfit made up of husband and wife team Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel. Pocket of Lollipops will swirl together in an indie rock frenzy leaving the listener with a dizzying organic sound that will take him or her to another dimension far in the past or future. In addition to their performances, Urrechaga and Kapel also create individual drawings, books and videos, as well as installations.

Artist Talk with Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel from Pocket Of Lollipops

Saturday, May 28, Noon - 3 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Writing workshop with Tony Kapel

This workshop will focus on character development by challenging your level of awareness. He will also discuss his short story based on found voodoo dolls.
Saturday, July 16, 3‑5 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Drawing Workshop

Maitejosune Urrechaga will lead a drawing workshop using the dolls as an avenue to excite the mind to making new works.
Saturday, August 6, 3‑5 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Performance by Pocket Of Lollipops

Costumes encouraged.
Saturday, October 29, 3‑5 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Little People Playthings Little People Playthings

March 11 - August 12, 2016
Hispanic Branch

Starting with a phone call one autumn day, Strauss, an artist and mother, embarked on a journey dealing with the impending and then actual death of her close friend. Painting a painting every single day for six months, Strauss navigated her way through the spiritual grief, the heart‑rending loss, and the personal transformation that followed. For this show, Strauss has paired paintings with excerpts from her manuscript. Her story is both personal and universal.


Tilly Strauss recently relocated to Miami after living and working for more than two decades in Dutchess County, NY. Having been a painter her whole life, (she exhibited in her first show at age 5), Strauss loves teaching the joy as well as the history of painting to others. She currently teaches at a private high school and paints regularly at her studio, the Arthouse in the Falls warehouse district in Miami. Last January Strauss won first place in a plein aire event at the Deering Estate and had her work nominated by students to be part of “Teachers who Paint,” a juried exhibition at the Miami International University of Art and Design. She has won two separate month‑long residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and five of the works created there last summer were taken by a curator for exhibition at the Akin Natural History Museum in Pawling, NY last fall.

How to Bury a Friend

Tilly Strauss, Fugitive Bones, 2009, acrylic and collage on paper

February 20 - August 20, 2016
Main Library – 2nd Floor

"Stories to unfold,
numerically aligned,
searching for the one"

“As a child, my mother would take my sister and me to our local library often. During the summer it was my second home, and its workers and attendees my family. From reading competitions to plays, the library was an enjoyable escape from the mundane and a large influence for my love of words."

’Retrospective Lining’ is an artwork that represents the closing and beginning of a lifelong chapter with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System. When the opportunity presented itself to display an artwork at the Main Library, I was honored and realized that it was there, surrounded by the sea of crisply printed pages, that my imagination was first allowed to run free.

“The anticipation of the unknown formation of letters, the hunt to seek and capture the book you sought, and getting a hold of that perfect story was, and still is, part of the excitement I experience when I enter the library and is a catalyst for this piece.”

Elysa D. Batista

Elysa D. Batista is a mixed media artist who works with language, specifically the multiplicity of meaning according to different contexts. Her three‑dimensional work explores personal experiences with power dynamics in relationships and communication and is interpreted through the use of semiotics.

Recent exhibitions include solo show Textual Undercurrents at O Cinema Wynwood, Miami (2015) and group shows include Drums on Paper: A Risograph Print Show at the Glasshouse in Brooklyn (2015) and Everything Must Go at ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach (2015). She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in NYC in 2013 and a BFA from the University of Miami in 2009.

Retrospective Lining
Retrospective Lining

Elysa D. Batista portrait by artist Nati Marconti.

February 13 - July 30, 2016
Main Library – Auditorium Gallery

Reconstruction is a mixed media exhibition about the construction of I‑95, and how the right of government to expropriate private property for public use, played a role in reshaping the route’s surrounding communities in Miami and beyond. The theme explores the justification of the project’s “vital contribution,” and its effects on security, housing, economy, safety, national security and the billboard industry. The exhibition features works of local artists C.W. Griffith, Gustavo Oviedo, Tavare Hill, Bayunga Kialeuka and works from Miami‑Dade County Library Permanent Collection.

Reconstruction is curated by Bayunga Nsimba Kialeuka, a Congolese‑born painter and sculptor based in Miami, FL. He is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, and currently operates the Amadlozi Gallery at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, in Liberty City Miami.


September 17, 2016 - January 7, 2017
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery

The Miami-Dade Public Library is happy to showcase a selection of Pablo Cano's marionette sculptures. This retrospective exhibition will feature a range of unique and detailed marionettes from the artist's personal collection. The exhibition will also feature art talks and hands‑on workshops on how to build your own marionettes.

"A quiet, gentle man, Cano comes to life when describing or operating his marionettes. His childlike delight in the exploits of his creations is irresistible. Throughout history, marionettes have been used to communicate points of view that were difficult or dangerous for people to express. Cano likewise uses marionettes to convey concepts about the human experience. The occasionally biting satire of these productions becomes easily digestible when it is performed by a figure made of bric‑a‑brac."

– Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Artist Talk & Opening Reception

Saturday, September 17, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery

Vaudeville Workshop with Pablo Cano

Saturday, November 19, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery

Join Cuban artist Pablo Cano for this fun, interactive, hands-on how to build your own marionette workshop. Cano will demonstrate how he makes his marionettes and show you how to make yours come alive!

“For more than 30 years artist Pablo Cano has dazzled and delighted children and adults alike with the wondrous marionettes he constructs from found objects and performs in front of an eager audience.”

– Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Pablo Cano Portrait

Photo by Stephen Savage

September 23 - December 31, 2016
Main Library – Lobby

Writing is an agent of change. It begins with a sentence and leads to a connection, a kinship with a reader and the building of a community. It grows into a realization that each of us has a story to tell that emerges from the sum of our best—and worst—moments. This exhibit assembles writings from prison programs in South Florida facilitated by Exchange for Change, a nonprofit organization that believes in the power of written partnerships to promote dialogue and effect social change. Separated by razor wire, this writing exemplifies what unites us rather than what divides us.

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