A fifth generation Floridian and true arts enthusiast, there is no one more dedicated to promoting the arts and artists of Naples than Aimee Schlehr, executive director of Naples Art.
What started as a part-time consulting job handling the organizations accounting, soon blossomed into Schlehr’s true passion. After just a few months, Schlehr was offered full-time employment as the organization’s chief financial officer, where she focused her attention on strengthening Naples Art financial foundation. Recognizing her strong leadership skills and dedication, the board of directors quickly promoted her to COO, where she excelled in the day-to-day responsibilities of running a successful art center, planning future programming, and serving as an ambassador to the Naples community. With this in mind, the Naples Art board officially endorsed Schlehr for her current position in 2012. Since that time, she has served as the chief representative and spokesperson for the organization where she engages with area business and community leaders to encourage investment and interest in Naples Art. Under her direction, Naples Art has become the leader in ensuring creativity in the visual arts is accessible to everyone and artists have the space and support needed to build their careers in the arts.
Schlehr has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2015 Stars in the Arts Award. She is a 2012 Leadership Collier graduate; a 2012 National Association of Professional Women Woman of the Year; and a 2012 Florida Weekly Power Woman. Schlehr serves as the president of the Art Council of Southwest Florida; marketing committee chairperson and public art co-chair for the 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District; and is on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Naples. Schlehr has served on the boards for Immokalee Housing and Family Services, Seminole Club of Naples, and the FSU Family Connection. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University and owned her own catering business for 15 years on Florida’s east coast.
In her spare time, Schlehr loves travelling, catering, keeping tabs on the FSU Noles, and spending time with her family, which includes her husband of 32 years, her four children, and four grandchildren.