The Naples Art Association is very proud to announce that one of its long-time staff members has been honored with a very special designation. Curator Jack O’Brien was selected by the United Arts Council of Collier County as one of the 2013 Stars in the Arts.
According to the Naples Daily News, the United Arts Council introduced the Stars in the Arts program eight years ago to recognize leadership in the arts. Each candidate is nominated by a member of the public and a selection committee of past Stars in the Arts and community leaders reviews them. Jack was among 48 nominations received this year.
Jack O’Brien oversees exhibitions at The von Liebig Art Center and the Association’s collection of nearly 200 works in all media by artists who have lived in or had a connection to Florida. In addition, he has been active on the local and State levels judging art competitions, serving as chairperson for the City of Naples Public Art Advisory Committee and acting as a grant panelist for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in Tallahassee. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art from the University of South Florida in Tampa and an Associate of Arts Degree from Edison State College.
Jack will join the fellow honorees in February at the Stars in the Arts award ceremony luncheon at the Naples Grande Resort on Thursday, Feb. 28. Information about the event is available by calling 239-263-8242 or visiting the United Arts Council’s website at CollierArts.com.