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Seminole art on display at ‘Circle of Unity’ exhibit

FORT LAUDERDALE — History Fort Lauderdale marked the occasion of National Native American History Month in November to highlight the contributions of local Native American artists.

The “Circle of Unity” mixed media fine art exhibit launched Nov. 9 and will be on display through Jan. 12, 2021.

History Fort Lauderdale is part of a museum complex operated by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.


Organizers described the exhibit as intergenerational and multidisciplinary – “presenting a contemporary perspective of Seminole artists on the cycles of solidarity and patterns of resilience that have always existed within the histories of the Seminole and Miccosukee.”

Tara A. Chadwick, curator of exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, said Circle of Unity features more than 20 Seminole artists.

Hollywood Board Rep. Gordon Oliver Wareham’s art piece serves as the name and face of the exhibit. Wareham also serves as a trustee for the History Fort Lauderdale board.

This work by Hollywood Board Rep. Gordon Oliver Wareham is on display as part of History Fort Lauderdale’s exhibit “Circle of Unity” that runs through Jan. 12, 2021. (Courtesy History Fort Lauderdale)

History Fort Lauderdale is a nonprofit supported by memberships, grants and charitable contributions.

“It is an honor and a privilege to host Circle of Unity in the very spot that the original people of the land we now know as Fort Lauderdale helped build and cultivate,”

Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Native American artists for sharing their tradition, culture and vision with the community and to the Seminole Tribe of Florida for its unwavering support.”

The museum complex includes the 1905-built New River Inn, the 1907-built Pioneer House Museum and the 1899-built Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse Museum and the Hoch Research Library.

The Circle of Unity exhibit is located in the New River Inn building at 231 SW 2nd Ave.

Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under.

For more information and ticket options, go to historyfortlauderdale.org or call (954) 463-4431.

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Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at damonscott@semtribe.com.
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