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.
Mr. Hornak-Spoutz has advised countries, states, museums, corporations, foundations, and private collectors on acquisitions. Among the public collections that Mr. Hornak-Spoutz placed authentic 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
-The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
-Forest Lawn Museum
-The Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages
-Flint Institute of Arts
-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.
A resident of Auburn Hills, Michigan, Mr. Hornak-Spoutz is currently a student at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He is earning a Bachelor of General Studies degree with concentrations in General Business & Historical Studies, with a minor in English. He is scheduled for graduation in July 2021, and will continue in August 2021 at the Horace Rackham Graduate School at The University of Michigan to earn a master degree in American Culture.
Formerly Mr. Hornak Spoutz has earned academic credits at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township, Michigan where he engaged in general studies; 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.