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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 "Pink and White" painting by Sheila Kollasch

Getting to Know the Vermilion Cliffs Through Art
May Cheney and Sheila Kollasch
November 10 - December 9

"Condor" by May CheneyAn 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.


​Upcoming Exhibit "Thumbelina" mixed media artwork by Elizabeth Howard

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

Elizabeth 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.
"Entwined" mixed media artwork by Bonnie Lewis
Bonnie Lewis uses the collage process to create narrative works of art that portray a sense of intimacy and wonder.

Join the artists 6:30–8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 for a First Friday reception with live music by The Stuart Seifer Combo. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 

​Recent Exhibits​

Unforgettable: A Time of RemembranceDía de los Muertos - 2016
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.


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."



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.