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@Central Gallery

Located on the first floor of Burton Barr Central Library, @Central Gallery presents fine art exhibitions featuring the work of Arizona artists not currently represented by a gallery. It is open to the public during normal library hours and First Fridays. For more information, email

Current Exhibit

Architectural Reflections -- Photographs by Nancy MiillerImage of photograph by Nancy Miiller
July 5 - August 16, 2019

In Architectural Reflections, photographer Nancy Miiller uses architecture as a canvas. The reflected objects are other buildings living separately from each other and in opposing and various directions. What is reflected is a whole new world on a static surface; the buildings collide and warp upon each other throwing off depth and perspective.

Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 for a First Friday reception with the artist. Live music will be performed by Harry and the Potters on the second floor. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 


Upcoming Exhibit  

PieceWork -- Artwork by Bob Allen and Dawn Conry 
August 23 - October 11, 2019

Image of artwork by Bob AllenBob Allen makes art as a way to re-imagine the world and make surprising connections beyond the obvious. He likes to find a curious juxtaposition, give it another context and then create fresh & original work from it.

Image of artwork by Dawn ConroyDawn Conry challenges images you see in advertisements and imagines a different story. Can a teddy bear live in space? Would a shark dance ballet in the mountains? Can an ancient terracotta statue have visions of a distant future? Her intention is to let images change by helping them speak their new story. She imagine the image is asking for a change and then works to make that a reality.

Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 for a First Friday reception with live music by Arizona School for the Arts students. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 

Call for AltarsImage: Call for Altars - Dia de los Muertos 2018

Día de los Muertos 2019

Burton Barr Central Library is seeking proposals for self-made altars inspired by the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition for an exhibit at its @Central Gallery.  The exhibit will be on display October 13 through November 1, 2019. 
Proposals will be accepted Monday, July 15 through 5 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019.

Submission instructions. 

Recent Exhibits

AImage of painting by Sydney Volkmorphous -- Paintings by Sydney Volk 
May 10 - June 28, 2019

Describing her creative process, artist Sydney Volk says, "I am compelled to paint, the canvas calls to me but I often don’t have a predetermined outcome for the final piece. I let the paint move and mix and let whatever comes out, come out. It’s an exercise in being part of the chaos, in seeing that there is no real control and letting myself go into it."


"I’m an introvert by nature so drawing has always been my alternative to verbal expression. I’m not a very graceful speaker, my conversations are messy, I run in circles with my idea and trip over my words. Unlike my chaotic mind my work is clean, minimal and to the point.  It allows me to unload my feelings, and work through the thoughts and emotions and tell my stories. Drawing quiets my, at times, scrambled mind." -- Karolina Adams

Image of painting by Edna DapoEdna Dapo describes this series of miniature scale paintings as "depicting infinite space, and the human condition as infinitesimal within it." Dapo’s work is on a constant search for the answers through the meditative qualities of paint: “Why are we here?,” “Are we alone?,” “How to create a world that is better for us being in it?” She expresses these big ideas onto the tiniest of canvases—miniature cosmos on 5x7 and 6x8 inches.



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