Since 2011, Artis—Naples’ CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen has charted a dynamic artistic path for the organization while simultaneously providing sure and steady financial and administrative oversight. During this time, she has established a reputation for making deeper and more relevant connections to the wider Southwest Florida community. In recognition of these efforts, Gulfshore Life magazine named her one of its 2012 Men & Women of the Year, suggesting that her title be expanded to include “collaborator-in-chief.”
A violinist by training, Ms. van Bergen has made music a central part of her life. She has 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.
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 2016-17 season finds the organization exploring the themes of muse and scale across artistic disciplines, with concerts, exhibitions and lectures that approach these ideas. The Naples Philharmonic performs with acclaimed visiting artists including Joshua Bell, Lang Lang and Itzhak Perlman. The Baker Museum celebrates the legacy of noted arts patron Olga Hirshhorn with a season-long exhibition of works she donated to Artis—Naples during her life and after her passing. 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, Ms. van Bergen held several key positions, 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. Ms. van Bergen has served on the boards of the American Composers Forum, the Rose Ensemble, Exhibits Development Group and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. 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.