Nathalie Claire Herling
Nathalie Herling has curated over 150 exhibitions and finds art and culture to be the Magic of Society. She was raised in a museum and gallery family. Her parents were prominent ethnographic gallery owners in Dallas, Texas. She was groomed and educated to work in the arts and museums field.
Her childhood was playing with Pre-Columbian figures as her toys and at times, “home schooled” roaming archeological ruins, museums and remote tribal villages worldwide with her family. In the mid 70’s, Nathalie, was awarded a unique opportunity to Intern with the Director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts who encouraged her to work in every department of the Museo allowing access to the museums basements, libraries, and important curators who became her mentors.
She studied art history, anthropology, and museum studies at the University of Texas where she curated her first museum exhibition and worked in the archaeological department of the Historical Society of Texas.
Wanting to start a family and stay in Austin, Texas she opened Eclectic Ethnographic Art Gallery. 12 years later she moved to New York City where she managed galleries and curated exhibitions in contemporary art, fine craft, and ethnographic art in the city, Brooklyn, Montreal and Puerto Vallarta. During the 1990s, she expanded her technology background and became a pioneer web portal designer and specialized in bringing New York galleries, auction houses and music labels their first web presence. While living In New York she started to amase a research collection of over 200 clay cookware pieces from around the world and used her culinary anthropology background working in Colombia with women’s artisans communities to help preserve and bring fair trade clayware production to an international market.
In 2012, Nathalie came to Puerto Vallarta temporarily, to care for her Tia, Claire Idt, an artist in PV for 30 years. The experience brought back many familial memories, her love of Mexican Culture, art, and pre-columbian. She met her husband to be, Dr David Rhodes, who lovingly built her a traditional Mexican kitchen and helped build a clay studio and art gallery in his hotel. This was the beginning of ART VallARTa. Heartbroken by his sudden death, she dedicated herself to making a 10 year plan they envisioned for the arts and the residences, she continues in his honor with a big vision.
Nathalie Herling became Director of ART VallARTA, a collaborative art incubation tank, gallery and art school for the arts in Puerto Vallarta. At ART Vallarta she curated over 50 art exhibitions and installations of local Puerto Vallarta artists. In 2019 ART Vallarta Museum received Association Civil Status in Mexico status for the gallery, art school and to open an art museum in Mexico, ARTe VallARTa Museo.
In 2018 she opened Eclecticos Restaurant
She became the founder and Director of ARTe VallARTA Museo in 2019. In 2021, with limited space and a unique opportunity to exhibit the Frank L. and Gail Rudin’s collection of early artists of Puerto Vallarta, ART VallARTa decided to grow the Museo exhibition area of ARTe Vallarta Museo and expanded to G. Prieto 164, en Colonia El Remance 15 blocks from the current ART Vallarta Art Center location. Nathalie Herling, is the Director/Chairman of the Museum and is dedicated to building, documenting, and preserving one of the largest exhibitions spaces and collections of International and Historical and Contemporary Art and Culture of Banderas Bay for the Public for decades to come.