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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

Bowling through History: 5,000 years and Counting

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is proud to partner with the Fort Worth Library to create an exhibit that educates the public on the history of bowling. Displays include unique historical artifacts and images relating to bowling history around the globe.

On display in the Lower Level Display Cases from Nov. 11, 2016 - July 6, 2017

Retrospective: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 125th Anniversary

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was founded in 1892 by a group of 25 women with a goal of introducing culture to the city and was originally chartered as the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery. In 1954, a separate institution was established as the Fort Worth Art Center. The Modern Art Museum’s present name and mission were adopted in 1987. This exhibit celebrates 125 years of art in Fort Worth.

On display in the West Wing from April 17 - July 6.

Sepia Photo Exhibit

Featuring 100 historical photos spanning three decades of the Fort Worth-based magazine, Sepia, this exhibition is a collaboration between Richland College and the African American Museum in Fair Park. Some of the images feature noteworthy figures and editorial images from the magazine’s Photographic Archive, which contains more than 10,000 photographs owned by the African American Museum.

On display in the Gallery from May 28 - July 6. This exhibit is part of our Local History Month celebration. Click here for information about additional events.

Ella Mae Shamblee Branch

Juneteenth 2017

This exhibit depicts the ways African-Americans celebrate the holiday. Across America, people celebrate the 1865 “Freedom Day” by attending church, parades, talent shows, art exhibits, picnics, family gatherings, dances, etc.

On display from May 6 to June 22.

Northwest Branch


The Armor Bearer presents a salute to mothers, fathers, veterans and America with a collection of pieces by local artists. Artists will include Beverly Robinson, Burl Washington, Cletha, E La Rue, James I. Weisner Jr., John Johnson, Ron Davis and Toni Jones. Exhibit includes a treasure hunt activity. Curated by: Tanya Tichenor Starks.

On display from May 8 – July 27.

Art and Culture Reception: Meet and Greet, Music, Readings, Book Signing and Light Refreshments

  • noon - 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13

Salute to America Program: Patriotic music, Readings, Meet the Artists, Artists’ Demonstrations and Light Refreshments

  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 10

Last updated: May 30, 2017

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