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Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery: Exhibits and Events

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For event /exhibit descriptions and event registration details, please click on each calendar entry below or check out our full list at 

 All events are free and open to the public. View past recordings.


General Gallery Exhibit Hours

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
11 a.m. – 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. –
7 p.m. 7p.m. 7p.m. 7p.m. 7p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m.


For more information about special hours, please visit the Alvin Sherman Library hours page.


Located on the second floor of the Sherman Library, the Cotilla Gallery showcases a revolving display of exhibitions with a broad range of appeal and subject matter that promote Nova Southeastern University or the Alvin Sherman Library’s materials to all audiences. The Gallery is intended for artwork display, music recital performance space, poetry readings, and other arts and cultural events. Priority is given to displays that support the mission and curriculum of NSU.

Exhibition and Booking Information

To discuss a possible exhibit, please contact Gena Meroth, University Archivist:
Phone: (954) 262-4641 | Email:

Queer History: April 6 – June 4
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.

Crossing Borders: June 8 – August 11
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.

Cine Argentino Art and Film Festival:
September 15 – October 15 (tentative)

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.
Sponsors: NSU, ANLE, Consulate of Peru, Consulate of Argentina, Centro Cultural Puerto Rico, and Broward County.

Open Classroom (February - June 2022)

The Open Classroom is a collaboration between NSU's Farquhar Honors College and the Alvin Sherman Library. This three-part moderated series will feature an open conversation with scholars from various disciplines who will share their expertise on important issues related to current topics in the news and provide insightful perspectives rarely seen in the media.

Pen to Purpose: Cultivating Writing as a Brand of Professionalism (January - April 2022)

Self-expression and communication through writing is an invaluable skill in today’s fast-paced, digitally interconnected world. This guest author series is comprised of visits from a wide range of published professionals. The forum will be a moderated, interview-style discussion of the authors’ publications, focusing on how writing was instrumental to advancing within their respective fields. These discussions will be followed by a Q&A with the student body and community. Ultimately, this author-hosting series is designed to illuminate how the Humanities, specifically writing, has practical application in the modern world and to demonstrate how creative, insightful writing, and the ability to effectively communicate is a necessary tool in every professional field.

Cine Argentino Film Festival (tentative September 15 – October 15)

The Cine Argentino Film Festival includes four film screenings taking place on Sundays at 2p.m. in September. They will include films from Peru, Puerto Rico, and Argentina with commentary from Argentine actress and journalist Adriana Bianco.