American Art Awards: Best Gallery Or Museum In Florida Is MAC Art Galleries

Thom Bierdz
7 min readJun 5, 2020

All 3 Locations Now Open

For 12 years, American Art Awards has decided the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America. Among the criteria: years in business, industry reputation, online activity, location, size, exhibits, educational programs, represented artists and references from artists, clients and visitors. Each year only one gallery or museum per state in 25 states is selected.

American Art Awards: “MAC Art Galleries, named for owner Mary Ann Cohen with 35 years’ experience as a top art dealer, has three stunning locations. The 12,000 sq ft Fort Lauderdale gallery is the largest exhibition space in South Florida, and with close proximity to Art Basel & Art Miami, now a vital part of today’s art culture. MAC maintains an in-house Multimedia Department complete with digital photography studio, state-of-the-art Gicleé printing facility, with computer-graphic/prepress.

“For 23 years, MAC has represented many of the world’s most accomplished and commercial artists: selling internationally to upscale hotels, restaurants, corporations, luxury cruise ships and museums. American Art Awards selects MAC Art Galleries as our Best Gallery or Museum in Florida, 2020, and one of our Top 25 American Galleries and Museums for 2020.”


Celebrating their 23rd year in business, MAC represents many of the world’s most accomplished artists and publishes the finest quality limited edition prints for some of the art industries most recognized names. MAC Fine Art provides artwork to private collectors as well as other art dealers, galleries, designers, architects & consultants. MAC artists’ works are sold internationally, and many works are in private collections as well as in the permanent collections of museums, hotels, restaurants, corporations, public and private buildings, and luxury cruise ships.

MAC’s main gallery is over 12,000 sq. ft. in the heart of Ft Lauderdale where the company anchors a unique creative arts district called MASS which hosts monthly art walks and creative events. In 2017 MAC spearheaded and organized COAT, an ambitious international mural project that has become the face of the growing MASS district attracting thousands of art patrons who attend MAC’s monthly exhibitions of world-class artists in one of the largest exhibition spaces in South Florida. This MAC space displays work by an international roster of accomplished artists that includes many of the top artists exhibiting in Art Fairs throughout the world. Additionally, MAC maintains an in-house Multimedia Department complete with a digital photography studio, a state-of-the-art Gicleé printing facility, and a computer-graphic/prepress department. The space also features a custom design frame shop and shipping department, which allows for even greater quality control, giving the gallery full oversight of the collecting process, from initial contact through to the finish, delivery and installation of the artwork.

The Fort Lauderdale location is ideal for private collectors and art professionals and can satisfy virtually any fine art request, publishing project or installation specification. In addition, its proximity to South Florida’s most important Art Fairs including Art Basel & Art Miami make it a vital part of the growing art culture in South Florida. In 2017, MAC added two more beautiful gallery locations in Jupiter, Florida. The Jupiter spaces service MAC’s growing list of collectors and designers from the greater Palm Beach area, plus host an innovative calendar of exhibitions through-out the year including a spectacular show of rare Salvador Dali artworks along with 30 original contemporary interpretations of those specific Dali images.


MAC Art was founded in 1997 by Mary Ann Cohen, one of the nation’s most successful and respected art dealers with over 35 years of international fine art experience. Mary Ann attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC and has her BFA and a secondary teaching degree from Cal State LA. In the late 1980’s Cohen established a successful gallery in Malibu California, catering to many of Hollywood’s biggest names including Michael Bay, Janet Jackson, Paul Maslansky, Cindy Adams, Charles Bronson and Joan Rivers. By the early 1990’s she had made the transition from local gallery owner to national dealer and fine art publisher, representing many well-known international artists.

Many of the industry’s top executives seek Cohen’s council for her comprehensive experience in artist representation and fine art publishing. In addition to being a visual art entrepreneur, she has also been the driving force in the development of an impressive list of well-established artists with whom she has either represented or exhibited, including such notables as:

John La Huis • Maxim Lipzer • Dopico Lerner • René Romero Schuler • Elena Bond • Sara Conca • Angela & Kris Gebhardt • James Leonard • Ronald A. Westerhuis • Kim Donaldson • Alex Kveton • Richard Currier • Andrei Petrov • Bette Ridgeway • Angela & Gabriel Collazo • Kerrigan James Clark • Santiago Medina • Jose Bedia • Jason Myers.

Cohen has had successful galleries in Los Angeles, Wynwood, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Jupiter and has curated art for collectors, galleries, museums, designers, and corporations. She has also represented her artists to a number of major corporations, collectors, charities, and events, including Gatorade, Bank of America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Birdies for Breast Cancer, Martell Foundation, St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Veterinary Medical Association, Liza Minelli’s Katrina Fund, USOC, NFL, Grammy Awards, BB&T Center, Ritz Carlton, Wells Fargo and The US Open.

This year MAC Art founded and designed a digital e-Commerce gallery with the launch of their own fine art platform called: Curated by MAC

This new digital global platform has allowed the gallery to expand and offer their expertise and keen curation skills and services to audiences across the country and around the world. Curated represents a carefully selected group of artists, artwork and curators that the gallery loves, and feels are worthy of their client’s attention. MAC’s personalized guidance, communication and in-depth showings sets the Curated platform apart and makes it so clients can feel very confident in their art selections. The whole experience is orchestrated to ensure that the artwork not only inspires and reflects the client’s personal aesthetic but at the same time looks amazing and complements their surroundings perfectly.

“MAC Fine Art’s selfless guidance, willingness to work with our existing pieces, instinct for placement and impeccable good taste has brought an energy and vibrancy to our home that we love each and every time we walk in the front door.” -Scott Henry, CFO, Magic Leap, Inc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Please contact the galleries for the latest info.


Web Site:


833 NE 4th Avenue / Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 / 954 990 5420

4601 Military Trail #101 / Jupiter, FL 33458 / 561 429 4829

451 University Blvd #C103 / Jupiter, FL 33458 / 561 406 6580

VIDEO OF GALLERY HERE: annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).




Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.