Intersections: Surprising Discoveries from the Permanent Collection

When: July 16 – September 17, 2021
Where: Naples Art, 585 Park Street in Naples

Over the course of its sixty-seven-year trajectory, Naples Art has amassed a substantial collection of works of art that were acquired either through donation by artists as well as by early and ongoing supporters whose lives intersected with the art educational activities of our organization.

Counting well over three hundred objects, these holdings are a testament to the enduring prominence of Naples Art as a beacon for the promotion of the art of our time and by extension, to the important role it played in the development of the nascent visual art scene in Southwest Florida. Reading almost like an origin story of the oldest art organization in Naples, the collection reflects the interests, tastes, and motivations of the circle of artists, collectors, founders, and other early champions who played a pivotal role in the creation of the Naples Art Association in 1954.

This exhibition considers a curated selection of the most significant works in the collection in terms of their historical value, their relevance in our time, and their position as emblems of artistic creativity.

The survey includes objects in various media – and often with remarkable provenance – both by towering figures of contemporary art, such as James Rosenquist, as well as by accomplished and notable national or regional artists, such as Elsie Dorey Upham, to works by self-taught artists, such as Purvis Young, and former art students, creating surprising and new juxtapositions.


This exhibition is organized by Naples Art.