Artists

Bicentennial Art Exhibition at Main Library

Jacksonville Past and Present Bicentennial Art Exhibition June 1 through June 30.

It's not everyday a city celebrates its Bicentennial! That's why Jacksonville Public Library is so pleased to host the "Jacksonville Past and Present" Bicentennial Art Exhibition featuring the work of Jax artists from June 1 through June 30 in the Gallery at Main Library. Six finalists will be announced at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, June 1 during Art Walk (6 - 8 p.m.). Light refreshments will also be served. The Best in Show, Second and Third Place, 3 "Judges' Recognition" and $2000 in prize money will be awarded on the main stage at the Bicentennial Street Festival & Fireworks event on Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Riverfront Plaza.

Inspiration for Artists

Has the “Muse” been a little fickle (or absent) lately? Are you looking for inspiration or some fresh ideas to get your creative juices flowing again? Sometimes you get in a rut, encounter a block, or just stop enjoying what you do. Or maybe you’re already making art consistently but you realize that you have settled into a comfort zone that you’d very much like to step out of... If inspiration is lacking or you just want to try a new thing, you’ll find plenty of ideas and food for the creative soul in our stacks.

Food for the Creative Soul

Artist Day

Has the “Muse” been a little fickle (or absent) lately? Are you looking for inspiration or some fresh ideas to get your creative juices flowing again? Sometimes you get in a rut, encounter a block, or just stop enjoying what you do. Or maybe you’re already making art consistently but you realize that you have settled into a comfort zone that you’d very much like to step out of... If inspiration is lacking or you just want to try a new thing, you’ll find plenty of ideas and food for the creative soul in our stacks.

NEF Scholastic Art Awards 2021: Gold Key Exhibit

Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Exhibit February 13 through March 13

The Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards: Gold Key Exhibition runs from February 13 through March 13 in the Gallery at the Main Library. The exhibit will feature "Gold Key" award-winning artworks by middle and high school student-artists from counties across the northeast Florida region including Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, Union, and Volusia and will be installed in the 1st floor gallery and the second floor atrium space. Any pieces awarded "Silver Key" or "Honorable Mention" will be exhibited digitally.

What Do You Love About the Library?

Library Lovers Month

It's February and there's always a lot of love in the air and so much to go around! But we're not just talking about romantic love - the kind we celebrate on Valentine's Day. Did you know that February 14 is also Library Lovers' Day?! Not only that, but the entire month of February also just happens to be National Library Lover’s Month! So, it's the perfect time to show your love for your favorite Jacksonville Public Library branch. You can even give us a Valentine's card if you want. And in turn, we'll show you how much we love our customers by showing you everything the library has to offer. There are so many ways to celebrate!

Live from Art Walk - A Tale of My City Exhibit

Jenna and Hurley with photographer Malcolm Jackson, in front of one of his photos in the Jax Makerspace Gallery exhibit

The Jax Makerspace Gallery has a new photography exhibit called Jacksonville: A Tale of My City. Jenna and Hurley talk with three of the photographers, Malcolm Jackson, Bob Self, and Cheryl McCain, during the opening reception at Downtown Art Walk. The three photographers tell us about their work and how they went about capturing the true identity of their favorite Jacksonville neighborhoods and monuments.

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