He has been chosen to receive the Premier Leonardo Da Vinci International Award, to be presented by the International Contemporary Arts Magazine of Florence, Italy, in 2018.
NEW YORK, NY, May 16, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical proﬁles, is proud to present Frank Mann with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Mann celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his ﬁeld. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals proﬁled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a ﬁeld are all taken into account during the selection process.
In 1972, Mr. Mann graduated from High Point University with a B.S. degree in Life Sciences/Biology under the geneticist Dr. Leo Weeks. Following his return to Washington, D.C. and the shift of focus to a fine arts curriculum, he continued his studies at George Washington University earning a B. A. degree in 1978.
Upon graduating, he became a guest lecturer at the Corcoran College of Art. His exposure to New York came from frequent trips to the City's museums and galleries. In 1980 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. In 1981, he obtained an M.F.A. degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Only much later did Mann receive an Honorary Associative Degree presented by the Accademia Italia in Arte nel Mondo Associazione Culturale, in Lecce, Italy in 2017.
Mann credits Kent Floeter and John Cage, both of whom he met in 1980-81, with helping him find his way in terms of his professional development. He exhibited his first works in New York in 1984, and soon after began to exhibit internationally in 1986. He interned with the artist Dorothea Rockburne in 1986, where he gained exposure to various studio skills and a greater knowledge of artistic practice. Mann was a guest lecturer at Penn State University in 1986 and 1987, as well Pratt Institute, from 1987 to 1988, and the New School–Parson's from 1996-1997. From 1987 to 1988, he was Executive Director of Collaborative Projects, Inc. (COLAB), as well as the founder and director of Basic Arts Network from 1989 to 1990.
Mr. Mann was commissioned to complete the murals project for St. Cyril's Church in New York in 1992, and in the same year was a visiting artist for the Coalition for the Homeless Camp, and more recently for Free Arts N.Y.C. In response to the crisis of AIDS, he participated in Children's Friends for Life in 1997, a charitable concern that he contributed to via his own work through Visual Aids, New York, as well as to the Association D'Aides, Paris through 2018. Beginning in 2002, he lectured at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and later at Iona College in 2005. In 2009, he guest lectured at the New Arts Program Exhibition Space, Northampton College, and at Reading College on the occasion of a multi-site art exhibition of his paintings in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since 2012, Mr. Mann has lectured on topics related to contemporary art 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" in 1992. Mann also contributed to catalogues for exhibitions, which included museum catalogues, issues of Blast Magazine, to which he was a contributor, as well as various portfolios, including the Notebook of COLAB Arts, which are all in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mr. Mann's articles have been published in professional journals beginning with "The Optical Machine" of NAP Text(s) in 1998. His essays have appeared in various books, including the A.S.C.A., The American Society of Contemporary Artists, 2001, in the collection of the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library of the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, at the International Center of Documentation, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy, and at the Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2009, Mr. Mann created the book for the exhibition "Oculus, A Survey Exhibition" for the Broome Street Gallery, New York, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Mann's work has been included in exhibitions on six continents to date and including many international exhibitions as well as biennials and triennials from which he has received awards. Mann was named U. S. representative to several exhibitions, including: Painting Today, M. A. M.–Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina (1989), The Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporaranea, Florence, Italy (1999, 2001), The International Festival of Contemporary Art, Chapelle des Salelles, St. Maurice D'Ibie (Ardeche), France (2007), and the Italia Docet/ Laboratorium, Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, San Marco, Venice, Italy (2015), an official collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale and others. For the Biennale Internazionale of Florence he obtained his first international award, the Lorenzo II Magnifico Medal in painting in 2001.
In the course of having participated in hundreds of group exhibitions and more than twenty one-person exhibitions, all his work has received critical acclaim, with major exhibitions in New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Venice and Berlin. Galleries Mr. Mann has exhibited at include Luring Augustine Gallery and the Artifact Gallery of New York, Yvon Lambert Gallery and Cie, Moderne et Contemporain of Paris, as well as L'Agostiniana Galleria and the Borgo Gallery of Rome. He has exhibited regularly in New York as well as in Europe. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Nationalgallerie, Berlin, the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nice, France. Mann's distinguished work has been included in public and private collections in the United States, in Asia, and in Europe. It has also been included in books and publications through numerous countries, including Italy, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, and the United States.
An esteemed artist and educator, Mr. Mann is a member of various professional organizations, including Americans for the Arts, Washington D.C., Association D'Art International, Mirabel, France, Global Art Affairs Foundation, Leiden, Netherlands, The Drawing Society, New York, and i-AM Foundation of Milan, Italy. Mr. Mann was the vice-president of the American Society of Contemporary Artists from 2003-2018, as well its art historian since 2007. 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.
In 1988, he was 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 in 2017.
As part of Artists Equity, Mr. Mann served on its Board of Directors between 1999 and 2016, as well as being Vice President from 2002-2016. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mabel Sanger Webb Award and the Ford Foundation Grant, both in 1980, as well as the Lorenzo II Magnifico Medal, 2001, the Sandro Botticelli Prize in 2015, and the High Recognition II Beato Angelico Award in 2016, and others.
In 2016, Mr. Mann received the International Human Rights Award, a tribute to Paolo VI. It was presented by the Honorary Committee of the Accademia Italia in Arte nel Mondo Associazione Culturale, of Lecce, Italy, in recognition of his artistic activity in the calendar year 2016. In 2017 Mr. Mann received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement.
Mann's recent honors include the International Prize Human Rights, 2017, in tribute to Victor Hugo, for his work's "universality and a unique language that draws on the dimension of a transcendental world." His distinguished work was further acknowledged with 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, in 2017. Mr. Mann has been chosen to receive the Premier Leonardo Da Vinci International Award, to be presented by the International Contemporary Arts Magazine of Florence, Italy, in 2018. He is the founder of the Frank Mann Studio with locations in New York City and the Hudson Valley Region of New York State.
Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America®, Marquis Who's Who® has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America® remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis® now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America®, Who's Who in the World®, Who's Who in American Law®, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare®, Who's Who in Science and Engineering®, and Who's Who in Asia®. Marquis® publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who® website at www.marquiswhoswho.com.
# # #