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 until 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 Chair of the President's Circle at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusettes. She has served as the Chair of the Director's Advisory Council at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA and as the Secretary of the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA). Litchfield Magazine recently named her as one of the "25 Most Influential People" for 2017 in Litchfield County, Connecticut. She is a partner in Coats Wright Art and Design in Carmel, Indiana and is the exclusive representative of the American Realist painter, Eric Forstmann.
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, MA.
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
KEVIN VAN GORP
Kevin W. Van Gorp was born 1980 and received his BA from Indiana University ’02 in Studio Art. In 2003, he was hired by Eckert Fine Art in Naples, FL to work as the assistant curator. He helped to organize solo exhibitions by luminaries such as Robert Rauschenberg (notably Rauschenberg’s Cardboards, Hoarfrost, and Urban Bourbon series) and Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates collage works.
In 2005 he moved to Miami, FL and worked as assistant director at Kevin Bruk Gallery, where he curated over 10 solo and group exhibitions, including the critically praised exhibitions Private Contractor and New Paintants by Fabian Marcaccio, Untitled Painting by Blake Rayne, and Unisex, a survey of Columbia University’s 2008 MFA painting program. There, he participated in Volta Switzerland, Artissima in Torino, Italy, and the Nova section of Art Basel Miami Beach from 2005-2008. In 2009, his own paintings were featured in the group show F(r)acture: Divisions in Painting at Emerson-Dorsch in Miami, FL, and held a solo show of his work entitled Dislocated Mores at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C. later that year. In 2011 he founded an artist-in-residency program in the Pacific Northwest for artists living in the ports-of-call for the Holland America Line’s ship the Zaandam.
In 2012, Kevin took over as Director of 101/EXHIBIT in Los Angeles and founded the experimental annual summer invitational Koi No Yokan, which explores demographical currents in contemporary art. His projects have included Larry Rivers and the New York School, Kent Williams: Still Lives at START art fair at the Saatchi Gallery London, LV/DIY by Alfred Steiner at the 2016 SPRING/BREAK art show in NYC and Dynamic Pictorial Models featuring Pedro Barbeito, Franklin Evans, Lydia Dona, and Fabian Marcaccio with the catalog essay “New Models, Strange Tools” by New-York based critic Raphael Rubinstein. To date, Kevin has headed the organizational and sales efforts on over 70 solo and group exhibitions, primarily emphasizing the history and future of the painting practice.