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Jane Fortune with her Emmy Award (2013)

Our Founder

Dr. Jane Fortune, is an advocate for art preservation, social advancement and civic engagement. Known in Florence, by her nickname ‘Indiana Jane‘ for her efforts to recuperate hidden art treasures, Jane Fortune is Founder and Chair of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation. Her counsel has guided prestigious institutions and programs in Italy and the United States and her contributions have unlocked new opportunities in artistic, scientific and humanitarian endeavors. Jane’s passionate leadership has engaged new support for many worthwhile causes—the first of which is ‘advancing‘ art by historic women.

For Florence

Jane Fortune’s love for Florence has changed lives. See how, here.

In the US

Our founder’s work in the United States spans many areas of interest.

By giving a voice to historic
women artists AWA rescues
and reclaims the ‘hidden half’
of Florence’s art.

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