Current Exhibition:

Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

Through October 20, 2021

They left during the middle of the night—often carrying little more than the knowledge that moss grows on the north side of trees. An estimated 100,000 slaves between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865 chose to embark on this journey in search of freedom. They moved in constant fear of being killed or recaptured, returned, and beaten as an example of what would happen to others who might choose to run. Under the cover of darkness, “fugitives” traveled roughly twenty miles each night traversing rugged terrain while enduring all the hardships that Mother Nature could bring to bear. Occasionally, they were guided from one secret, safe location to the next by an ever-changing, clandestine group known as the Underground Railroad. Many consider the Underground Railroad to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas and the first time when people of different races and faiths worked together in harmony for freedom and justice.

Martin-Lett Gallery of Art

The Martin – Lett Gallery, named for two founding members of the Oxford Arts Council, opened in July 2014. The gallery, located off the main lobby, exhibits different displays throughout the year. Artists may be local or may be represented by out-of-state galleries. Most art is for sale.

Gallery exhibits help to support the visual arts and expose our audiences to new artists. The Martin – Lett Gallery is an educational and entertaining extension of the arts offered at our venue.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and during all OPAC events.

Past Exhibitions


July 2014    J.J. L’Heureux                                                                     

October 2014    Hawaiian Quilts: "A Family Legacy" by Charles Remington                           

November 2014    The Art of Jerry Marks                                                   

February 2015    Oxford: At the Crossroads of History                                                          

June 2015    "Into the Woods" by JSU Students                                                      

July 2015    Chy Rose Arts by Lynn C. Phillips                                                  

October 2015    From the Back Yard to the Tropics by Larry K. Martin                  

April 2016    The Art of Lothar “Jack” Hadder                                          

August 2016    "Cast of Blues" by Sharon McConnell-Dickerson                                             

November 2016    "From the Artic to the Tropics" by Larry K. Martin

March 2017       Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster

May 2017    Oxford City Schools Artwork                                

June 2017    The Art of Jerry Marks       

July 2017    The varied works of Sandy Sparks

September 2017    Second Time Around: Hub Caps as Art

November 2017    "Artistic Treasures" by Ann Bradberry Robertson

January 2018    "Images of the South" The Varied Artworks of Dr. Arthur "Art" Bacon

March 2018    The Varied Artworks of Barbara Davis

May 2018    Oxford City Schools Student Artwork

September 2018    A Photo Album of Ireland

November 2018    The Artwork of John Denney, III

January 2019    The Artwork of James Brantley

May 2019    Oxford City Schools Student Artwork

August 2019    The Artwork of David Cummings

October 2019    The Artwork of Mila Hirsch

November 2019   Borderlands | Zonas Fronterizas - Paintings of Juan Lopez-Bautista

January 2020    Oxford City Schools Student Artwork

April 2020    Highlights in Low Light - Photographer C.J. Foster

Upcoming Exhibitions

November 2021    Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938-51

Spring 2022    Oxford City Schools Student Artwork


Martin - Lett Gallery of Art Board Members

  • Crystal Hancock
  • Marilyn Lipscomb-Clark
  • John Longshore
  • Amanda Wentzel, Gallery Director -