Frank Mann, Esteemed Artist, Educator, Writer, and Founder of the Frank Mann Studio, has been selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to the industry and to his community.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members are selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, their contributions they have made to society and the impact they had on their industries. Mr. Mann was just recently honored at IAOTP’s annual awards gala at the Plaza Hotel where he received Top Artist of the Year and he will be honored at IAOTP’s 2019 Annual Awards Gala being held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas at the end of this year. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
Mr. Mann is being recognized for this distinction for dedicating over 30 years of his life as an Artist, Educator & Writer. Mr. Mann has certainly proven himself as an accomplished professional, expert & an inspiration to all in the arts community. Unique, extraordinary, brilliant and pure genius are just some words that come to mind when describing Mr. Mann. As a dynamic results-driven leader who 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 is an American Artist interested in vision and visual perception. He has exhibited widely, with major exhibitions in NY, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin. His works can be viewed at the Alessandro Berni Gallery of New York, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Cie Moderne et Contemporaine of Paris, Galleria L’Agostiniana, and the Borgo Gallery of Rome. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, 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 and in the United States.
Mr. Mann’s impressive repertoire of prior roles have included being commissioned to complete the murals project for St. Cyril’s Church in New York, Visiting Artist for the Coalition for the Homeless Camp, Free Arts N.Y.C, he participated in Artworks 4 Charity, Children’s Friends for Life in 1997 in response to the crisis of AIDS, he contributed his own work through Visual Aids, New York, as well as to the Association D’Aides, Paris and the New Jersey Foundation for the Blind, Denville, NJ, he contributed work that he sold in a benefit auction. He served as Executive Director of Collaborative Projects, and Director of Basic Arts Network. Mr. Mann worked as a studio assistant to Dorothea Rockburne and his first works exhibited in New York were at Franklin Furnace and Artists Space.
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 “Eye of the Painter”. Mr. Mann has contributed to catalogues for exhibitions, which included museum catalogues, issues of Blast Magazine, portfolios including the Notebook of COLAB Arts, which are all in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 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, Washington, D.C. 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.
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. 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. He received an MFA Degree from Pratt Institute in 1981 and an Honorary Associative Degree which was presented by the Accademia Italia in Arte nel Mondo Associazione Culturale, in Lecce, Italy in 2017.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami stated that “Choosing Mr. Mann for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. His list of past accomplishments, awards, accolades are very impressive, he is brilliant, humble, gracious and has always paid it forward with his generous benefactions. We are honored to have him receive our Lifetime Achievement Award and cannot wait to celebrate his success at this year’s gala.”
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. For 2019 he is being considered for a feature in T.I.P (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Top Professionals. 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 of Florence, Italy, recipient of the II Guerrieri Di Riace, The Warriors of Riace Award and the International Art Academy Award of the Academia Italia in Arte nel Mondo Associazione Culturale of Lecce, Italy. 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 represented the United States in the Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale, Italia Docet Laboratorium at the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, San Marco, Venice, Italy in 2015. 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, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the World, and he received the Pablo Picasso Award. 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.
Aside from 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 along the way, 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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