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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

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, 2017, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Women of Worth

The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), an organization of professional women artists, composers and writers founded in 1897, is dedicated to serve our communities through the arts. Enjoy the local Fort Worth Branch art exhibit which includes paintings of mixed media, oil, watercolor and pastels. www.nlapw.org

On display in the Gallery the library from May 29 - June 23. There will be a reception on Sat., June 23, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Ella Mae Shamblee Branch


Original works and prints from local artists Ken Carter and John Johnson explore different colors and mediums that shaped African-American culture.

On display from Apr. 2 - Jun. 28. There will be a reception on Saturday, Apr. 21 from 1 - 3 p.m.

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: May 22, 2018