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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 Día de los Muertos - 2016

Unforgettable: A Time of Remembrance
Día de los Muertos 2016

October 16 - November 5

An exhibit of altars inspired by the Día de los Muertos tradition. Participants were asked to create altars honoring their loved one's unforgettable influences.

Join us for a First Friday reception with the artists and a traditional dance performance by Ballet Folklorico from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on November 4. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.


​Upcoming Exhibit

"Condor" by May CheneyGetting to Know the Vermilion Cliffs Through Art
May Cheney and Sheila Kollasch
November 11 - December 9

An exhibit of drawings and paintings reflecting the artists' adventures in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Cheney's representational style reflects her background as a medical illustrator, observing form and detail to bring a deeper understanding of her chosen subjects. Through her paintings, Kollasch shares with the viewer the exhilaration and joy she finds in the desert landscape. 

Join the artists, along with musician Nick Newberry, for a special Science Cafe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. Cheney and Kollasch will discuss their experiences exploring the Vermilion Cliffs plateau. Newberry will play "Six Vermilion Pieces," a collection of his original orchestral compositions inspired by the Vermilion Cliffs and Plateau.

​Recent Exhibits​

Image of artwork by Kenosha Drucker

Her Little Machines -- Kenosha Drucker
September 2 - October 14

A collection of three miniseries by Kenosha Drucker—The Aftermath, The Chimeras, and The Little Machinesthis exhibit offers a glimpse into a world of the artist's own creation. "Through the lens of this other place," says Drucker, " I can explore and escape my own reality."


City Light  -- Allen Garns 
July 22 - August 26

A collection of studio and plein-air paintings by Allen Garns captures familiar locations around Phoenix. At first glance it would seem that his paintings are all about buildings and cities, but Garns says he is actually more interested in the elements that make up the scene -- color, design, shape, contrasts and especially light and shadow.



The Call for Artists is now closed.

The deadline to submit a proposal for an @Central Gallery exhibition in 2017 has passed. Proposals for 2018 exhibitions will be accepted beginning in late-summer 2017.