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Art Naples announces a dynamic lecture and panel series to accompany the inaugural Fair

Naples, FL- In addition to the bevy of contemporary art offered by Art Naples this March, the Fair will include a dynamic lecture and panel series of museum experts, artists and dealers. International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), organizers of the inaugural Naples fair, have long considered an educational programming series a vital component of the premiere art fair experience and have incorporated them into their east coast fairs since they founded them in the early 90's.

The same successful design will be applied to debut Art Naples. The programming will commence Friday, March 18th at 1:30pm with "Trends in Collecting Art". Diane Camber, former Director of the Bass Museum, will give an overview of the history of art collecting from the past to the present, with special emphasis on trends in collecting today. She will touch upon who the significant collectors of art have been in the past, what motivated them and what their contributions have been to the development of museums, scholarship, and education. Lecturer Diane Camber has more than thirty years experience as a curator, educator and fine arts administrator and served as Director and Chief Curator at the Bass Museum of Art from 1980 until June 2007. Following at 3pm, Graciela Kartofel, author, art historian and curator, will present "Latin American Art: From Modernism to Contemporary". The presentation will include works from the Naples Museum's Latin American Art Collection, introducing diverse renowned artists such as José Clemente Orozco, Juan Soriano, and Pedro Friedeberg. The presentation will coincide with the Naples Museum's exhibition during the fair, "Modern Mexican Masters".

Saturday's schedule will begin at 1:30pm with a live interview of well known Naples contemporary art collector Robert Edwards, interviewed by award-winning art critic and journalist, Elisa Turner. They will discuss the "Passion of Collecting", including a firsthand account of how to begin collecting and what a seasoned collector looks for in prospective additions to his/her collection. Art Naples exhibitor Robert Fishko, Director of Forum Gallery (New York), will present "Robert Cottingham: Influences and Inspirations" at 3pm. The program will illustrate Cottingham's career as one of America's most renowned photorealists, which began in the 1960's, and has traced the development of communication in America through bold, original and highly colorful imagery. Robert Cottingham's iconic paintings of America have been exhibited throughout the world, and are instantly recognized wherever they are shown. His history is a picture of the last half-century and makes for a fascinating presentation.

"Shattering Perceptions: The evolution of Studio Glass" will begin Sunday at 1:30pm. The lecture, given by Ferdinand Hampson of Habatat Galleries (Michigan), established in 1971 as one of the leading fine art glass gallery's in America, will present a history fine art glass and how it became an important medium throughout the world. Select artists from 10 countries will be featured in this digital presentation including renowned fine glass artists Daniel Clayman, Howard Ben Tre, Dale Chihuly, Charles Miner, Debora Moore, Ann Wolff and Davide Salvadore. "American Modern Masters- New York Abstract Expressionists: Then and Now" will follow at 3pm. Dr. Carol Damien, Director and Chief Curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art, will examine the complex and heterogeneous nature of American art in the mid-twentieth century, featuring the work of some of the most celebrated artists of the time, including Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollack, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Frans Kline, Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell and others who searched their surroundings and personal lives for vignettes emblematic of larger, universal concerns.

Local renowned architect, Andrea Clark Brown, designer of the Von Liebig Art Center and the Naples Sugden Theater, will start Monday's programming off at 1:30pm with "Creative Thinking Outside of the Box: Art and Design". Ms. Brown will discuss how by "thinking outside of the box" making the simplest design changes can ultimately have profound effects. She will also discuss how when designing a room, making home or office renovations it is important to challenge our traditional ideas of architecture and design, opening the way to truly being served by the "art" of design and expanding our appreciation of innovation and the "unexpected". Discussion and questions will follow the presentation.

"The Art of Seeing: Contemporary Photography and Developing Trends in Collecting" will begin at 3pm. The panel will consider the developing trends in contemporary photography and their experiences being artists in the field. The discussion will be moderated by Art Naples exhibitor and artists, Connie Bransilver, a renowned Conservation Photographer and Naples local. Panelists include Photographer, Jim Lustenader an emerging artist who specializes in black and white "street photography" and Stefan Andreev, an international artist whose original paintings and photographs can be found in private and public display throughout Europe and the United States.

Art Naples is organized by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE). IFAE, based in Bonita Springs, has been pioneering the Florida art fair market for over 20 years, establishing Art Miami in January, 1991, The Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair (now AIFAF) in 1997, Art Palm Beach in 1998, Miami International Art Fair (MIA) in 2010 and Naples International Art & Antique Fair in 2011. They have organized more than 65 international art fairs worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas and Hong Kong.

For more lecture information, participant biographies and programming updates please visit the Art Naples website at www.artfairnaples.com or call 239.949.5411.