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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.

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.

Society of Watercolor Artists Juried International Exhibition

For more than 30 years, the Society of Watercolor Artists has represented the finest in watercolor art. Based in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, this year’s international juried exhibition features works from around the world. Learn more at www.swawatercolor.com

On display in the Gallery the library from Apr. 15 - May 20. There will be a reception and awards presentation on Sun., May 20, from 2:30 - 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: April 11, 2018