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Seminole artists to be featured at Winter Park museum

Seminole artists will soon be featured in a room like this one at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park. (Courtesy photo)

A new art exhibition to open in January 2024 in Winter Park near Orlando will feature the work of a dozen Seminole artists for the first time.

“Yaat Ya Oke: Welcome Travelers,” which runs from Jan. 16 to April 14 at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, is the latest in an increasing number of shows highlighting contemporary Seminole work. The featured pieces will include watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, natural fiber and digital art. The Seminole artists in the show are Durante Blais-Billie, Tia Blais-Billie, Wilson Bowers, Hali Garcia, Jacqueline Osceola, Jessica Osceola, the late Jimmy Osceola, Leroy Osceola, Samuel Tommie, Gordon Wareham, Brian Zepeda and Corinne Zepeda.

An advisory committee consisting of Seminole artists, scholars, historians, History Fort Lauderdale curator Tara Chadwick, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens curator Tamie Diener-Lafferty and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum officials helped to develop the exhibition.

“This is an exciting and innovative venture representing a pivotal moment for the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in hosting their first exhibition of work by Florida-based Indigenous artists,” the show description reads.

Meanwhile, the art exhibition “Chehantamo: How are you?” opened Oct. 22 at History Fort Lauderdale featuring the work of 15 Seminole artists. The show, on display through Jan. 6, marks the 10th Native American heritage exhibition at the Fort Lauderdale museum.

“Chehantamo” features a room filled with more than two-dozen contemporary pieces spanning generations of Seminole artists, including the late Elizabeth Buster. An additional room has eight large panels provided by Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum officials that describe the history of the Seminole Wars.

In addition to Buster, the “Chehantamo” artists are Tia Blais-Billie, Bowers, Nicholas DiCarlo, Elgin Jumper, Danielle Nelson, Alyssa J. Osceola, Jacqueline Osceola, Tina Osceola, Victoria Osceola, Daniel Tommie, Samuel Tommie, Shonayeh Shawnie Tommie, Wareham and Corrine Zepeda.

History Fort Lauderdale’s 2022 exhibit, “Chono Thlee: Sparking a new era in Seminole art,” featured 60 pieces by 20 Seminole artists. In addition, the recently ended “Reclaiming Home: Contemporary Seminole Art” exhibition featured the work of seven Seminole artists at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota – a first for the venue.

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is located at 633 Osceola Ave. More is at

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