Jimmie Scott Osceola

Born to Annie Tiger Osceola and Richard Osceola in 1939, Jimmie Scott grew up on the Brighton Reservation. Even in high school, at Okeechobee High, he was known as a talented artist. He always stuck to pen and ink drawings, paying special attention to the details like the beads on his Grandma Willie’s necklaces or the scales on the rattlesnake. His drawings centered on those things central to him: chickee camps, patchwork, cowboying, and animals.

Jimmie Scott was known for many things besides his artistry. He was a gifted storyteller, a cowboy, and a horse whisperer. He was also called Ah-Ho-Ne-Ce, which means to awaken. His combination of talents drew special interest from many. In 2006, on May 20th, the City of Okeechobee honored him with his own “Jimmie Scott Osceola” day. As part of that celebration a limited edition book, Ah-Ho-Ne-Ce, was written. Through poetry and photography, a lyrical biography of his life is shown.

This exhibition is a celebration of his drawings and, by extension, his life. Originally on exhibit May-October 2016.

Grandma Willie 2014.17.3
Nobody Home 2014.17.1
Untitled 2014.172
2014.17.4 JS Osceola