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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 Mixed media collage by Malena Barnhart

Thorny Blockade -- Malena Barnhart
March 3 - April 14

Malena Barnhart uses found cultural ephemera such as children’s stickers and imagery from photo decorating phone apps to make art. Like the roses in Sleeping Beauty, Barnhart’s chosen materials are not inherently harmful, yet in accumulation can limit notions of possibility for young girls. Her sticker collages and digital illustrations retain the brightly-colored visual enticement of the original material, but slightly discomforting forms emerge from within her compositions. Stickers transform into animal traps and cages, while found digital imagery multiplies and builds up into web-like obstructions resembling organic growth systems.

Join the artist 6:30–8 p.m. Friday, March 3 for a First Friday reception with live music by Reid Riddiough & Max Beckman. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 


​Upcoming Exhibit

In Bloom -- Carolina Escobarcarolina-escobar-IMG_3354__lowres-200px.jpg
April 21 - March 26

Carolina Escobar's images are inspired by years of living in the desert infused with many years spent in the tropics.  Her drawings are an exploration of color, each beginning with a familiar desert plant morphed into tropical plants, flowers, architectural structures—some even take on a human quality.

Join the artist 6:30–8 p.m. Friday, May 5 for a First Friday reception, supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 

​Recent Exhibits​

Little Addictions -- Elizabeth Howard        
January 22 - February 24Mixed media artwork by Elizabeth Howard

These little addictions are part of a year-long challenge entitled, “a doll a day.” The project consisted of creating, photographing and posting one figure on Instagram every day during 2016. Each piece was crafted by hand using vintage and contemporary materials that combine a touch of nostalgia with a modern twist.

Vintage Vignettes -- Elizabeth Howard       
The Stories They Tell -- Bonnie Lewis
December 16 - January 20

"Entwined" mixed media artwork by Bonnie LewisElizabeth Howard combines her formal training in hand bookbinding with self-taught mixed-media doll making to create artist books, dioramas and shadow boxes that captivate adults and children alike.

Bonnie Lewis uses the collage process to create narrative works of art that portray a sense of intimacy and wonder.



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.