The Central Library presents large-scale historical/thematic exhibits as well as Juried Shows year-round, primarily in the Anthony Mascioli Gallery, in Harold Hacker Hall (on the main floor of the Rundel Building).  Exhibits are on display to the public during regular library hours.

Recent historical/thematic exhibits have included Punjab: Land of Five Rivers (2021– 2022); Thrift Style (2021); A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture (online, 2021); Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race (2020); Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism (2019); Stonewall: 50 Years Out (2019): Because of Women Like Her … Winning the Vote in New York State (2017); Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation (2014) and Pride & Passion: the African American Baseball Experience (2013).

Central Library’s primary juried exhibit is the annual Art of the Book & Paper (AOB&P) show, which was first held in 2011, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Rochester Public Library. The exhibit has grown to include work from all over the world, and highlights work in three categories: Artist Books, Altered Books, and Paper Sculpture (added as a new category for the 10th anniversary in 2021). Learn more about AOB&P here.

From 2010 – 2015 Central Library presented the Edible Books Festival and Competition, a unique juried show that celebrated the joy of reading. Contestants were asked to create an edible 3-D sculpture based on the title or theme of a book.

Central Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division also presents exhibits within their Division (on the 2nd floor of the Rundel Building). 

Additional exhibits from individual artists and community groups are mounted in the Link Gallery (“Link” level, connecting the Rundel Building and the Bausch & Lomb Building).  

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) helps the Library plan, present, support and promote many of the Library’s exhibits. Learn more here.   

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Current Exhibits

Upcoming Exhibits

Art of the Book & Paper 2024: August 20 – November 30, 2024