Eric Ian Hornak-Spoutz, a fine art dealer, freelance museum exhibition curator, and historian has advised countries, states, museums, corporations, foundations, and private collectors on acquisitions. Among the public collections that Mr. Hornak-Spoutz placed artwork into the permanent collections of:
-Smithsonian Institution: American Art Museum
-Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History
-Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of African American History and Culture
-Smithsonian Institution: National Portrait Gallery
-Smithsonian Institution: Archives of American Art
-Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Libraries
-Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division
-Library of Congress: Rare Books and Special Collections Division
-Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
-National Museum of Women in the Arts
-National Helenic Museum
-National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
-Florida State Capitol Complex
-Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences
-Los Angeles County Museum
-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
-Detroit Institute of Arts
-Dartmouth College: Rauner Special Collections Library
-Rutgers University: Zimmerli Art Museum
-The George Washington University: Luther M. Brady Art Gallery
-Indiana University: The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
-Forest Lawn Museum
-Stony Brook University: The Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages
-Flint Institute of Arts
-Harvard Medical School: Children's Hospital, Boston
-Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
-Detroit Historical Museum
-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Additionally, Mr. Hornak-Spoutz has curated exhibitions throughout North America, at numerous public venues including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Florida State Capitol Complex. In April 2020, he was appointed as the Midwestern marketing director for a large fine art consultancy based in the New York Metropolitan Area.
Mr. Hornak-Spoutz earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree with concentrations in General Business & Historical Studies, with a minor in English from Fort Hays State University. He is currently a student at Rutgers University where he is earning a master's degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Creative Arts and Literature.
Formerly Mr. Hornak Spoutz earned academic credits at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan where he studied art history & history; Colorado State University-Pueblo where he studied social sciences & English; and Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado where he studied social sciences and holds undergraduate certificates in Legal Studies & Employment Law. He also holds certificates from California State University-Monterey Bay in Legal Assistant Science & Legal Investigation Science.
Currently he is a resident of Auburn Hills, Michigan.
A descendant of one of America's oldest families via the bloodline of his paternal grandmother, Mr. Hornak-Spoutz is the eleventh-generation descendent of Mayflower passenger, Francis Cooke (1583-1663). He is also the thirteenth-generation descendant of captain John Marchant (1540-1592), and the tenth-generation descendant of Massasoit Sachem (1580-1661). Via his mother, Mr. Hornak-Spoutz is the scion of the Hornak/Wolf art world family. In 1951 his uncle Julius Rosenthal Wolf (1929-1976) graduated from Dartmouth College and was appointed as assistant director of Edith Halpert’s Downtown Gallery in New York City where he managed the mid-careers and legacies of Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, John Marin, Charles Sheeler, and Charles Demuth. Mr. Hornak-Spoutz’s other uncle, Ian Hornak (1944-2002) was one of the founding artists of the Photorealist and Hyperrealist movements. Together Hornak and Wolf established the Jay Wolf Collection at Dartmouth College's Hood Museum, which is considered to be the museum's seminal collection of American Modern & Contemporary masterworks.
Special Agent, Robert King Witman (left), New York Times Bestselling Author, and founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team; and Eric Ian Hornak-Spoutz (right), on the set of a documentary chronicling fine art fraud, in 2020.
Eric Ian Hornak-Spoutz (right) in Los Angeles with Andy Warhol Superstar, Holly Woodlawn (left) during a limited edition signing that Hornak-Spoutz conducted shortly before Woodlawn's death in 2015.
Eric Ian Hornak-Spoutz lecturing at the Washington County Museum in 2013.
Eric Ian Hornak-Spoutz lecturing at a museum in Los Angeles in 2012.