Jane Coats Eckert, Director

Jane Coats Eckert’s roots are in 19th and early 20th Century American Artists on whom she wrote and lectured. In 1996 she opened Eckert Fine Art in Naples, Florida where she formed a business relationship and friendship with Robert Rauschenberg. She curated shows on Rauschenberg at three museums and specialized in art by Roy Lichtenstein, Christo, Robert Indiana, and James Rosenquist. In recent years since relocating to the quaint village of Kent, Ct. Jane has placed important artworks with museums and collectors by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Girogio de Chirico, Henry Moore, Niki de Saint Phalle, and John Chamberlain.

Ms. Eckert is currently Chair of the President's Circle at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 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. 

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, 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