Dorothy Downs is an art historian who has curated exhibitions of Native American art at several south Florida art institutions. She has taught Native American art history at the University of Miami and is a founder and president of the Tribal Art Society at the Lowe Art Museum. She is the author of Art of the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee Indians and has written articles for Native Peoples Magazine, American Indian Art Magazine, Piecework, and Florida Anthropologist. She also wrote and produced the PBS TV documentary “Patterns of Power,” about the Seminole and Miccosukee women who sew patchwork clothing.