American Art Awards Names Best Gallery In Florida, 2022: MAC Art Galleries

Thom Bierdz
7 min readJun 1, 2022

Each year the American Art Awards selects the 20 Best Galleries And Museums In America; only one museum or gallery per state per year. Among other criteria, selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.

American Art Awards: “We considered thousands of the most established art venues from Hawaii to Maine. This year we chose five museums, one with an impeccable reputation for 125 years, one 80, one 50, one 40, and one fairly new. We selected a Mid-West art center doing important community work for 44 years, and a lively Southern gallery linked to a 5 day festival. Most the galleries we selected are heralded longtime landmarks with expansive interiors perfect for exhibiting today’s contemporary masters. Many have several locations and cater specifically to regional collectors with regional artwork, but just as many represent all genres of work from all levels of national and international artisans.

“MAC Art Galleries, named for owner Mary Ann Cohen with 37 years’ experience as a top art dealer, has four 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 a quarter of a century, 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, 2022, and one of our Top 25 American Galleries and Museums for 2022.”

A video from the grand opening of the new Delray Beach, FL location, solo exhibition for artist Frank Arnold.


Celebrating their 25th 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:


390 Southeast 2nd Avenue / Delray Beach, FL, 33483 / 561 332 3352

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

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

MAC Art Galleries at Galerie Ground / 6900 Santa Monica Blvd / Los Angeles, CA 90038 annually awards 20 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.