Current Exhibits

Where: Eastmont Branch[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Friday, March 31, 2017
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Come view still life photographs of Oakland families loving each other. A wonderful representation of our community. All original artwork by photographer Sonjhai Meggette. For more information about the photographer and her art read her personal statement below. 

My name is Sonjhai Meggette and I reside in greater Bay Area-Oakland, CA. I am the visionary and photographer of and photography is a portal for me to change how we perceive beauty. Images are vitally important to our personal development and it may help us to accept who we are authentically. Due to the lack of positive representation of African American descendants, I am committed to raising public awareness of how authentically beautiful we are by reinforcing positive images with photography. "Black Love" explores family, community, and fashion in black and white.

Due to the popularity of this exhibit it has been extended to March 31, 2017. Thank you to Ms. Meggette from for her willingness to extend! 


Where: Main Library[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In partnership with the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association, the School of Digital Media at Oakland School for the Arts presents a series of posters illustrating each article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This series is the result of the Human Rights Poster Project, an annual curriculum unit in the School of Digital Media that encourages deep inquiry, visual thinking, and helps students acquire technical proficiency with Adobe Design Suite. They explore graphic design by examining the UDHR and creating visual communication in the form of posters that illustrate each article with clear, inspired imagery. Students have the opportunity to make their learning visible, sharing their work as global citizens.

General goals:

Understand how graphic design is used to make sense of complex writing, issues, and history, to learn something new, and communicate across language barriers.

Understand the implications that visual communication skills hold for exchange of information and ideas on a global scale. Understand the role of artists in global conversations, and the political power of art.

Understand the content and context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, engaging in discussions with classmates to determine the key ideas of each article. Relate this understanding to people, events, and ideas in current events and in history.

Practice reading the world, to see the influence of power structures and identify the ways in which artists have power and influence.  

Acquire proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and the production pipeline at use in professional graphic design studios.

Communicate understanding of each UDHR article using visual language. Utilize the elements and principles of design.


The newest release of UDHR Poster Project posters will be on display at the Oakland Public Library

Where: Main Library[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Monday, December 19, 2016 - Friday, March 31, 2017
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The Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit to commemorate its sixty-five years of service to the public. As the key source of historical information on Oakland and the East Bay, the History Room continues to evolve to meet the ever-expanding needs of its patrons. The exhibit will highlight the History Room's development and feature many of the valuable historic and cultural treasures in its collections.

Where: Lakeview Branch[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Ashley West never colors inside the lines. This anti-perfectionist credo frees her work to be fresh and eclectic. She loves innovative materials -- eye shadow, 3D elements, metallics. She paints with palette knives, bleach pens and sponges, but credit cards are her favorite ‘brush.’  Color is one of the most important aspects of Ashley’s life. Cool blues and purples soar into curving shapes. Hot reds and oranges catch fire. Her motto is "Guaranteed Imperfect."