Art in the Library

Learn about the Thomas G. Carpenter Library's art collection and the Art in the Library project.

Art in the Library Tours - Commemorating 10 Years

Sign up for the free, Art in the Library Tour beginning February 2, 2018 ~ commemorating 10 years of this unique program which celebrates and demonstrates more than 100 of the region's most beloved visual artists.

Simply email: or click on your preferred date below.

Tours take place 1st Fridays at 3pm.

Guests should allow for a one hour visit, including Q&A

Tour dates:

February 2, 2018   3-4pm

March 2, 2018    3-4pm

April 6, 2018   3-4pm

May 4, 2018    3-4pm

June 1, 2018    3-4pm

July 6, 2018    3-4pm

August 3, 2018    3-4pm

September 7, 2018    3-4pm

October 5, 2018    3-4pm

November 2, 2018    3-4pm

December 7, 2018    3-4pm

Unless other arrangements have been made, guests will need to purchase a parking pass. Passes are $5.  

There is generally plenty of parking at UNF on the 3rd or 4th floor of the Fine Arts Parking Garage (Building 45).  It is next to the Library and a short walk to the Library's entrance. There are elevators inside the parking garage and both the parking garage and Library are wheelchair accessible.

Upon exiting your vehicle, you will need to register your vehicle at one of the parking kiosks which are located on the first floor of parking garage 45.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Jen Murray at 904-620-5533 or Susie Parks at 904-620-2553.


Fauna - detail of glass transom
Fauna - detail of glass transom

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library's Art in the Library project began in 2008.  Since the project's inception the collection has grown to more than 130 pieces through the generosity of artists and collectors.   Most of the works are by artists from Northeast Florida.  Pieces may be found on display throughout the library's four floors. 

In addition to the gifts, the library building features five permanently installed art glass transoms made possible through the Art in State Buildings program.  To learn more about the panels and the Art in State Buildings program, please see the "Glass Transoms - Third Floor" tab in this guide.

Announcing New Gift

"St. Augustine photographer Daniel Bagan, hired to take photos at a 2013 party, was surprised at the end of the evening to see Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the co-founders of Ms. Magazine, standing before his camera. When someone in the room suggested the duo reenact their 1971 iconic fist-in-the-air pose, the two stood side by side once again — as they had more than 40 years earlier — and allowed Bagan to snap a piece of history.

That moment now hangs for all to see in Thomas G. Carpenter Library, at the top of the stairway to the second floor, a gift from Bagan to the University. Bagan and Pittman Hughes unveiled the photograph at a reception in October. Though the library holds the only signed copy, two additional copies also have been accepted in the permanent collections of the City Museum of New York and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery." 

To learn more about the piece, please see the Ageless Feminism Card link below.

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Subjects: Art and Design
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