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Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery: Past Recordings and Exhibits

Past exhibit descriptions and event recordings (when available) are listed below in reverse chronological order.

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Past Exhibits

January 14 - March 10, 2024

Many notable blues artists had roots in Florida and they are featured in an engaging exhibit that explores topics such as Early Blues, Florida Women and the Blues, Blues Clubs and Jook Joints, Depression Blues and the WPA Recordings, Popular Music and the Blues, and Contemporary Blues.

Did you know that the blues artist with the highest number of 78–rpm records was Tampa Red, who grew up in Florida? And did you know that Blind Blake–perhaps the greatest ragtime and blues guitarist–is connected with Jacksonville, Florida? These early blues men are just a few of the highlighted artists in this popular exhibit celebrating Florida’s blues tradition.


Athletic Legacy: 40 Years of NSU Sports Achievements
October 27, 2023 - January 7, 2024

This exhibition celebrates four decades of remarkable athletic prowess and the indomitable spirit of university sports by paying tribute to the exceptional achievements, dedication and passion of athletes who have left an indelible mark on the athletic history of Nova Southeastern University.

Historic photographs, trophies, sports ephemera and memorabilia tell a story of dedication, teamwork, and the pursuit of personal and collective greatness. Through the exhibit narratives and images we will celebrate the unwavering dedication and perseverance of the athletes, coaches, and supportive community from the first intramural sport at NSU to the success of the four national championships won this year.


Spain-Latin American History, Culture, Language, Unity and Diversity

August 27 - October 17, 2023

Delve into the intricate connections between history, culture, and language as six remarkable artists come together to showcase their distinctive visions and perspectives. This exhibition features talented artists including: Sergio Payares, Sonia Sanchez-Nieto, Daniel Bottero, Adriana Torres, Santiago Medina, and Emilio Martinez. Each artist brings their unique flair, employing diverse mediums and techniques to explore the theme of interconnectedness in their works. From vivid paintings to thought-provoking sculptures that embody cultural heritage, the exhibit encompasses a wide range of artistic expressions. 

Beaches, Creatures, and Cowboys: Film in Florida

June 18-August 20, 2023

Movie producers have been making films in Florida almost since the dawn of the industry. For a short time in the early twentieth century, Florida even rivaled California as a place for movie making. 

Wild Miami

April 16-June 11, 2023

Based on the book Wild Miami, take a walk through the various ecosystems of south Florida to explore this nature guide to the 305. Learn about the history of South Florida, plants and animals that call this region home, and ways to assist in the ongoing conservation of these ecosystems. Included in the exhibition are the garments created for Young At Art Museum's 16th Annual Recycled Fashion Show: Everglades Recycled. Talented teen designers debuted their original couture looks made from recycled materials representing the diverse ecosystem of the Everglades, unique to South Florida and the environmental threats impacting it.

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight

January 17-March 31, 2023

Soar with the stories of African Americans in aviation history. Discover what these American aviators achieved and what they overcame.

Art of Duty: Celebrating Veteran Artists

October 20, 2022 - January 8, 2023


Art of Duty is an exhibit of art and personal stories of military veteran artists. Veterans from the United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps are represented and their artwork is a visualization of both their military and civilian viewpoints. Much of the material provides an up-close depiction of deployment and a first hand account of serving in the United States military post-9/11 during the Global War on Terror.

This exhibit has been curated as a partnership between the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center and Military Affairs of Nova Southeastern University.

20th Anniversary: Cine y Arte Argentino Latino

September 4 - October 16, 2022

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the NSU Alvin Sherman Library will host a free art exhibit and film series. Cine Argentino is celebrating their 20th Festival Anniversary in South Florida. This exhibit is dedicated to Peru, as well as Women in Art and Cinema. “The Woman in Art” will feature Latin American Artists and will have a “Tribute to Fernando de Szyszlo”, courtesy of the America Collection Gallery. The 20th Anniversary will be celebrated with photos and posters of previous events.

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Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East & The Americas

June 16 - August 11, 2022

Immigrant artists from Israel, Syria, Turkey, Switzerland, Cuba, Haiti, and Venezuela share their art and personal stories about their cultural heritage intertwined with their American experience, and the impact of immigration and the new American culture on their lives and art making. The project entitled “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East & the Americas” an art exhibition with cultural events from South Florida’s rich multicultural community. At the exhibit opening, attendants will experience “A Taste of the Middle East, and Latin America,” and engage the attendants in a facilitated dialogue focusing on building cultural understanding, dispelling stereotypes, and fostering awareness of immigrants from the Middle East, the Americas and beyond with stories of their history in the U.S. This will be shared through videos, photos, and text as it contributes to the American fabric.

Queer History

April 6-June 4, 2022

In partnership with the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, this exhibition explores the LGBTQ civil rights movement from the first part of the 20th century to the present day. Drawing on Stonewall’s vast archive of over six million pages of materials, including many serials and publications, we look at a time when it was illegal for gay people to congregate together. We see how in the 1950s the first gay civil rights movement developed, and many people found ways to communicate, network, and support each other. We see the impact of the 1960s cultural revolution on LGBTQ rights which led to the Stonewall uprising in 1969. The 1970s brought about an age of enlightenment and cultural growth. The 1980s saw a continuation of the fight for legal rights, while at the same time, gay men were confronted with a new and terrifying deadly disease. Despite continued opposition, progress continued, and changes were made to state laws. LGBTQ people began to see success in their professional and personal lives which ultimately led to the US Supreme Court recognizing the right to marry and prevention of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State

February 1-March 12, 2022

Produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this rich and engaging exhibit explores the struggle of African Americans for equality in Florida from the end of Reconstruction (1877) through the 1970s. It examines the deep history of black activism in the state and reveals the multi-generational effort of men and women whose courage and sacrifice ended centuries of institutionalized racism. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State is one of the first attempts to view the Florida civil rights movement through a statewide lens. From Miami to Tallahassee and St. Petersburg to St. Augustine, the Florida movement is explored at the local, state, and national levels.