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Art Exhibits and Displays

From paintings and photos to sculptures and collectibles, the Fort Worth Library offers a number of quality exhibits throughout the year. The Library strives to present some of the best works of local artists, photographers and collectors, celebrating both the talent and diversity of our community.

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Central Library

WWII Citizen Soldiers of North Texas: 1941 - 1945

Thousands of men and women from North Texas traveled to the far corners of the globe to serve their country during WWII. Learn some of these stories of our citizen soldiers while viewing the rare and unique artifacts that accompanied them as they fought for freedom in Europe against the Nazis and in the Pacific against the Japanese.

On display in the lower level from Nov. 9, 2017 to May 14, 2018.

East Meets West

These Chinese-American artists merge Eastern and Western aesthetic tradition into their paintings. The exhibit contains Chinese ink paintings, oil still life, watercolor, portraits, acrylic landscapes and sculptures.

On display in the Gallery from Dec. 17, 2017 - Feb. 9, 2018. There will be a reception on Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Everything Old is News Again

One of the greatest historical resources in a city is its newspaper. The papers of a journalist provide insight into how the news is communicated, as well as the response of the public to what is printed in the paper. This exhibit documents the transformation of Jim Jones as a journalist — from student to columnist to special contributor. Jones wrote for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1957 - 2015. His archives collection illustrates the adage, “everything old is new again,” as many of his articles cover the same societal issues that make headlines today.

On display in the West Wing from Dec. 22, 2017 - Jun. 28, 2018. There is an opening reception with Bob Ray Sanders on Thursday, Dec. 28, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Ella Mae Shamblee Branch

The Way We Were

Discover how visual artists and photographers were used by record companies to promote musicians on their record album covers. This exhibit features record albums from the 1950s to the 1980s.

On display from Oct. 29, 2017 - Jan. 26, 2018.

Northwest Branch

Early Tarrant County History (1840 - 1900)

Tarrant County has a rich and significant history and this exhibit provides an overview of the early history of the county developed by members of the Tarrant County Historical Commission through a grant from the Fash Foundation. The goal of the exhibit is to encourage efforts to preserve that heritage.

On display from Nov. 21, 2017 - Jun. 29, 2018.

Last updated: Dec. 11, 2017