Frank Mann, world-renowned Artist, Educator, Writer, and Founder of the Frank Mann Studio, was recently inducted into the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) Hall of Fame.
Being selected by the International Association of Top Professionals is a prestigious honor, as only 10 IAOTP members are inducted into the exclusive Hall of Fame. These special honorees are distinguished by their longevity in their fields, the contributions they have made to society, and the impact they have had on their industries.
Mr. Mann was honored at IAOTP’s 2019 Annual Awards Gala at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also previously honored at IAOTP’s 2018 Annual Awards Gala held at the Plaza Hotel in NYC for his selection as Top Artist of the Year.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Selecting Mr. Mann for this honor was a simple decision for our panel to make. He is an advocate for the arts who strives to leave an impact through his works. We felt adding Mr. Mann to our exclusive Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor. We look forward to calling his name on stage this December at the Plaza Hotel for his induction. His creative energy is something we all can celebrate.”
Mr. Mann is being recognized for having over three decades of professional experience as an esteemed Artist, Educator & Writer. As a celebrated leader within the Arts community, Mr. Mann has participated in hundreds of group exhibitions and more than twenty-five one person exhibitions, all of Mr. Mann’s work has been well received.
He has demonstrated success not only as an artist, who has had his works included in exhibitions on six continents, including international exhibitions as well as biennials and triennials, but also as an educator who has lectured in regard to his own work interests and on various topics related to Contemporary art. Mr. Mann has certainly worn many hats on his way to becoming a household name.
Mr. Mann can be best described as an American Artist interested in vision and visual perception. Unique, extraordinary, brilliant and pure genius are just some words that come to mind when describing him. Mr. Mann has exhibited widely, with major exhibitions in NY, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin. His paintings were exhibited in Personal Structures - Identities, at the Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, a European Cultural Centre Event of the 58th Venice Biennale. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Galerie, Berlin, the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nice, France. Mr. Mann’s distinguished work has been included in public and private collections in the United States, Asia, and in Europe and can also be seen in books and publications in Italy, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Austria, Germany, France, Japan, and in the United States.
Before embarking on his professional career path, Mr. Mann earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences/Biology under the geneticist Dr. Leo Weeks, from High Point University in 1972. He continued his studies at George Washington University, this time with a focus on a fine arts curriculum. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1978. Mann later completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in 1981. He supplemented his education and experience with studies in art history at Columbia University, as well as attending the Whitney Graduate Seminars in Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Aside from his work being viewed by a vast and varied public, Mr. Mann is also a sought-after lecturer and speaker. He lectured at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Iona College, New Arts Program Exhibition Space, Northampton College, Reading College, and at the Frank Mann Studio. Mr. Mann was the Illustrator of the book Nerves, and he wrote the text for the film “Gloria de Visus”. Mr. Mann has contributed to catalogues for exhibitions, which included museum catalogues, issues of Blast Magazine, and portfolios including the Notebook of COLAB Arts.
His articles have been published in professional journals such as “The Optical Machine” of Nap Text(s). He created the book entitled “Oculus, A Survey Exhibition” for the Broome Street Gallery, NY, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. His essays appeared in books such as the American Society of Contemporary Artists, in the collection of the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library of the Whitney Museum of Art, NY, The Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the International Center of Documentation, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, in Naples, Italy.
Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Mann has been seen widely for his works and has received numerous awards, accolades and has been featured in numerous publications. This year he graced the front cover of TIP Magazine, selected as Artist of the Decade and was featured on the famous Reuters building in Times Square by IAOTP. In 2019 he was honored at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala where he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. For 2018, he was named Top Artist of the Year by IAOTP and was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. For 2017 he was the recipient of the International Prize Human Rights, in tribute to Victor Hugo, chosen to receive the Premier Leonardo Da Vinci International Award, presented by the International Contemporary Arts Magazine, and the recipient of The Warriors of Riace Award, the International Art Academy Award of the Academia Italia in Arte nel Mondo Associazione Culturale. He has received awards for international exhibitions and biennials as well as the Sandro Botticelli prize, presented by the EA Editore Publishers of Rome in 2015, and the International Human Rights Award, presented by the Italian Academy of Art of the World, in recognition of his significant artistic activities completed during 2016. He was the recipient of the Mabel Sanger Webb Award, the Ford Foundation Grant and the Lorenzo II Magnifico Medal. He has been named in close to 20 editions of Who's Who for his work, and he received the Pablo Picasso Award, as well as the International Prize Frida Kahlo - Milan. The American Society of Contemporary Artists awarded him the Premiere Certification of Honor in Graphics in 2010, the Roy Moyer Memorial Award in 2012, and the Elaine Alibrandi Award in Painting in 2013 just to name a few.
Along with his successful career, Mr. Mann also sits on many boards and holds leadership positions with many organizations. He is a member of the Americans for the Arts, Association D’Art International, Global Art Affairs Foundation, Collaborative Projects, NY, and i-AM Foundation. He is the vice-president and art historian of the American Society of Contemporary Artists. He is a grantee of both the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additionally, he was elected Honorary Associate Member of the Accademia Italia in Arte nel Mondo Associazione Culturale. From 1999-2016 Mr. Mann served on the Board of Directors and was Vice President of Artists Equity.
Looking back, Mr. Mann attributes his success to his perseverance, mentors he has had the privilege of working alongside and remaining diligent in all of his works. Mr. Mann says he has been fortunate and he is passionate about work and feels this is just the beginning. For the future, he will continue to thrive as an artist and hopes to continue to inspire and make a difference in people’s lives anyway that he can.
For more information on Mr. Mann please visit: www.frankmann.com
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