Since 2011, CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen has charted a dynamic artistic path for Artis—Naples while simultaneously providing sure and steady financial and administrative oversight. At the same time, she has established a reputation for making deeper and more relevant connections between Artis—Naples and the wider Southwest Florida community. In recognition of these efforts, Gulfshore Life magazine named her a Woman of the Year, suggesting that her title be expanded to include “collaborator-in-chief.”
A violinist by training (having begun playing at age 4), Kathleen has made music a central part of her life. She revitalized the Naples Philharmonic, long recognized as one of the cornerstones of Southwest Florida’s arts community. In April 2013 she named internationally renowned conductor Andrey Boreyko as Music Director, his first American post. His tenure has included work with such great artists as soprano Renée Fleming, violinist Gidon Kremer, Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax and Tony award-winner Audra McDonald.
Under the leadership of Kathleen and Andrey, Artis—Naples continues to seek out connections between visual and performing arts in order to deepen the patron relationship with both. The 2015-16 season finds the organization exploring Shakespeare at 400 through classical music, film and art. The Museum at FIT’s blockbuster Yves Saint Laurent+Halston: Fashioning the ’70s hosted by The Baker Museum provides the starting point for further examination of the art and fashion of that tumultuous decade. Naples Collects brings the world-class collections of Southwest Florida residents to the public at The Baker Museum. Artis—Naples continues to enjoy collaborations with a variety of partners, from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to Miami City Ballet, broadening the artistic experiences for its patrons.
Prior to joining Artis—Naples, Kathleen held several key positions in the orchestral community, including artistic and executive director at the acclaimed Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota; vice president of artistic planning for The Philadelphia Orchestra and vice president and director of artistic administration for the St. Louis Symphony. Kathleen serves on the boards of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Exhibits Development Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music and completed the Tuck Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.