Jane Coats Eckert

Jane Coats Eckert's roots are in 19th and early 20th century American Art. For many years she lectured and published books on artists from that era. In 1996 she opened a gallery in Naples, Florida where she met artist Robert Rauschenberg and formed a business relationship and friendship that would last till his passing. Today the gallery is located in the beautiful village of Kent, Connecticut where she continues to feature the early American artists alongside the finest of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Ms. Eckert is currently the Chair of the Director's Advisory Council at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass and has served as the Secretary of the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA). She is a partner in Coats Wright Art and Design in Carmel, Indiana and is the exclusive representative of the Realist painter, Eric Forstmann. 


Curated Shows

2016 "Master Realist, the art of Robert Cottingham" Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio

2012 "Seeing Ourselves, Eric Forstmann" Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Indiana

2008 "Fruit, Fabric, Cash, Clouds: Eric Forstmann" Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio

2005 "Robert Rauschenberg Masterworks" Germany

2004 "Chinese Landscapes+Seven Chinese Characters" a joint show on Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein, Florida

2003 "The Gates: a Project for Central Park" Christo and Jeanne Claude Gallery of Fine Art, Edison College, Trenton, NJ

2002 "Beamer Paintings and the BMW Art Car" a reuniting of the artist Robert Rauschenberg and his BMW art car, Florida

2001 "Lyrical Constructivist Don Gummer" Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Indiana

2000 "Art and Archives," an exhibition on Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Florida

1999 "Rauschenberg/Pottorf" at the Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio

1997 "Winterworks, Robert Rauschenberg and Darryl Pottorf" Naples Philharmonic Museum of Art, Florida

1996 "Theodore Clement Steele: An American Master of Light," Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Indiana

Ms. Eckert has also published many books on American artists and lectured at several museums, most recently at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. 

Books and Catalogues

EFA, etc. a book detailing the repertoire of artists represented by Eckert Fine Art

The Hoosier Group: Five American Painters by Judith Newton and Dr. William H. Gerdts

Fruit, Fabric, Cash, Clouds: Eric Forstmann Works 1990-2007 a book that complimented an exhibition of Eric Forstmann at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH

Interior/Exterior: The Work of Eric Forstmann, a book that complimented exhibitions of Eric Forstmann at the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, MI and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in Evansville, IN


A few years after studying at Indiana University, Bloomington, Dianne Wright began a career in the Fine Art field. For fifteen years she worked shoulder to shoulder with Jane Coats Eckert to develop a strong market for the Hoosier Impressionists in the Midwest and beyond. Ms. Wright took particular interest in Charles Warren Mundy, a major national figure in the Contemporary Impressionist scene, and helped build his career.

In 1996, she founded G. Dianne Wright Interiors; a thriving residential design firm built on the simple esthetic "Start with Art".

Coats Wright Art & Design, a gallery and design studio dedicated to "Start with Art", opened its doors in the Indiana Design Center, in May 2011. Once again, Jane Coats Eckert and Dianne Wright have joined forces to bring a carefully selected variety of Contemporary Impressionism and Modern art to the public, while offering design services to create a comfortable environment for the client and an esthetically compatible space that allows the artwork to show well.