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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 "Before Time 9" painting by Shelley Whiting

Before Time -- Shelley Whiting
June 2 - July 14

In this series of paintings, artist Shelley Whiting explores the concept of preexistence.  Her hope is to make viewers wonder, “What was life like before time existed?”

Join the artist 6:30–8 p.m. Friday, June 2 for a First Friday reception, with live music by Three-Legged Dog. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 

​Upcoming Exhibit

Charcoal drawing by Swapna DassAbstract Metamorphosis -- Swapna Das
July 21 - August 25

Swapna Das says her art encompasses the profound belief that spirituality and creativity are intertwined. In her most recent series of charcoal drawings, she examines the Buddhist concept of Ten Worlds.

Join the artist 6:30–8 p.m. Friday, August 4 for a First Friday reception. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 

​Recent Exhibits​

carolina-escobar-IMG_3354__lowres-200px.jpgMapping -- Carolina Escobar
April 21 - May 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.


Mixed media collage by Malena BarnhartThorny 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. 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.



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.