Current Exhibits

When: Saturday, January 3, 2015 - Friday, January 30, 2015
Ronald Smith, Oakland Artist, Photo

For the Love of Jazz is inspired by the freedom and by the performers of Classic Jazz music. These works are in acrylic and oil on canvas.

Ronald Smith believes that Art is spiritual communication. It is human content translated trough feelings and vision into frozen reality!

A contemporary artist in he San Francisco Bay area for over 30 years, Ronald Smith is known nationwide for vivid rich colors and soulful images. Locally, Ronald has served as a faculty member of Oakland's Studio One Art Center, The Oakland Fine Art Summer School and The Father River Art and Jazz Camp. He is the 2009 recipient of the Full Vision Arts Foundation (FVAF) award for outstanding community service.



Where: Main Library
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Saturday, January 31, 2015
Image of exhibit

Memory Trace is an intergenerational public art project that took place at the San Antonio/Fruitvale Senior Center between the spring and summer of 2014.

In order to build a bridge between the generations the basis of the project was to have young people spend time at the Center and interview senior citizens. Working with students from ARISE High School and the Unity Council's Latino Men and Boys Group, Memory Trace compiled interviews that were transformed into a comic book.

The exhibition consists of the comic book, original drawings, paintings and stories gathered by the youth and seniors.

This event is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program.




Where: Main Library
When: Monday, January 12, 2015 - Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 was the 20th century's first significant art and architecture exposition on the West Coast. Covering an area of 635 acres on the San Francisco waterfront, it featured the works of major Bay Area artists including architect Bernard Maybeck, The Oakland History Room will celebrate the centennial of this major cultural event with an exhibit, showcasing original programs, souvenir books, photographs, maps, and other ephemera.