In 1991, Audrey Roberts (ARTVawards.com) created a television series that spotlights the visual arts and artists. The show, which was broadcast from Sarasota, Florida, co-ordinate a review of new, emerging artists, from 42 states, testing the market for such a forum in the USA. The original intent of ARTV was to provide an Artist Ranking System.
The TV series was aimed at educating the collecting public in the acquisition of fine art. She also conducts local and national art seminars and produces videotapes on art investment tips, which she distributes through a national network of artists and collectors. Ms. Roberts and her team, travel around the world filming art and artists for new ARTV productions. In 1999, Ms. Roberts organized and presented a special event to recognize the art of Anthony Quinn in Las Vegas, with many of his works displayed, and with the Academy Award-winning artist present to personally meet many of the 20,000 art collectors, connoisseurs, and fans who attended. At the event, Quinn presented one of his works – “Zorba” – as a gift to the Nevada University Medical Center.
The ARTV AWARDS Platform is the culmination of 20 years of test marketing and working with fine artists around the world. She created this program for educational and entertainment purposes to broaden the viewsership of the American audience and spotlighting the fine arts for cultural stimulation.