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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

Border Observations -- artwork by Carlos Encinas
January 5 - February 28, 2020Image of painting by Carlos Encinas

Carlos Encinas makes art that deals with border, immigration and Mexican/American identity issues. 

Join us for a First Friday reception 6:30-8 p.m on Friday, February 7 with music performed by Arizona School for the Arts students. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

Upcoming Exhibit  

Déjá Vu View -- artwork by Jeffrey Falk

March 1 - April 24, 2020

(Déjà vu is a French phrase that literally translates as "already seen." In the popular sense it describes what some see as a paranormal phenomenon where a person gets a feeling that they have lived through a present situation before or are familiar with a location they have never been to. The exhibit is not about this phenomenon. It is about seeing familiar "iconic" images in a new and different way.)

The art in this show uses existing/found imagery that is familiar to many viewers. These "already seen" iconic images are then altered or recombined in new ways that change the familiar meanings and open up new interpretations for the viewer. It is about art as a language, in and of, itself.

Join us for a First Friday reception featuring live music from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.​

Recent Exhibits

The Journey Circles Back -- sculptures by David KnorrImage of artwork by David KnorrImage of painting by Alma Telibecirevic
Colors of Longing -- paintings by Alma Telibecirevic   
November 3, 2019 - January 3, 2020

David Knorr is expressing his artistic voice through architectural totems and biomorphic sculptures. David shares his inspiration from organic abstractions that emulate in nature.

Alma Telibecirevic expresses her spiritual longing for creative ideas through her art by fusing colors, lines, and movements together to inspire a meaning and emotions worth exploring.
She likes to construct an emotional art full of paradoxes: the collusion of melancholy and happiness, love and solitude, the decorative and the meaningful, ecstasy and sorrow, hope and despair... 

Día de los Muertos Altars Exhibit 
October 13 - November 2, 2019

Altars made by members of the community and inspired by the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition will be on display in the @Central Gallery. The altars honor public and private figures who have passed away. Join us for an artist reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov 1.


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 imagines the image is asking for a change and then works to make that a reality.

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