Naomi Wilzig (December 5, 1934 – April 7, 2015) was an American writer and art collector. She was the director and owner of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami, and had a particular interest in the world of erotic art.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Wilzig graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark and attended Montclair State Teachers College. In 1956 she married Siggi Wilzig, an Auschwitz survivor who later became CEO and President of The Trust Company of New Jersey.
The Wilzigs lived most of their married life in Clifton, New Jersey, and had three children: Ivan, Alan, and Sherry. In 2005, following her husband’s death in 2003, Wilzig moved to Miami Beach, Florida.
In 1983 Wilzig began collecting erotic art for herself. Between 2003 and 2005 she accumulated more than 4,000 pieces from around the world.
Her personal collection became the base of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach. According to the New York Times, the collection includes “Kama Sutra temple carvings from India, peek-a-boo Victorian figurines that flash their booties, and a prop from the sexual thriller ‘A Clockwork Orange'”.
In 2006, on the first anniversary of WEAM, Wilzig was honored with the Key to the City of Miami Beach. In 2011, the City of Miami Beach proclaimed October 16 “World Erotic Art Museum Day” in honor of Wilzig’s museum’s fifth anniversary.
On May 12, 2011, The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality presented Wilzig with “Doctor of Arts Honors Causa Sexuality/Erotology. In 2011 she was chosen as Business Person of the year by the Greater Miami Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
World Erotic Art Museum Miami
The Weam Miami, located in the heart of the Art Deco District, is a museum, library and education think tank that uses its collection to illustrate the history of erotic art.
The collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings, and photographs. The collection ranges from folk art to world known artists and their artwork.
The Museum shows artwork from artists like Rembrandt, Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Fernando Botero as well as Robert Maplethorpe, Helmut Newton and Bunny Yeager to name just a few out of more than 4000.
In April 2008, the Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama and his representative Artspace Company Y, LLC collaborated with WEAM’s people to establish the first public solo art show at WEAM who added Sorayama art to their pre-existing permanent collections.
In 2011 WEAM premiered the first US exhibition of rare erotic Rembrandt Etchings, In 2012 the curator Helmut Schuster arranged the first Solo show of Helmut Newton in Florida in Cooperation with the MDM in Salzburg.
Wilzig was born in Newark, New Jersey in the mid 1930s. Wilzig graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark, and attended New Jersey’s Montclair State Teachers College, currently Montclair State University.
In 1953 Naomi married Siggi B. Wilzig, an Auschwitz survivor,as well as a founder of the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and CEO and President of The Trust Company of New Jersey, a major N.J. bank until his death in 2003.
Numerous organizations have benefited from the insight and service of Wilzig.
She has served at the helm of many of them: as Founder and a Lifetime Member of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel; as a member of the Israel Bonds’ President’s Club;
as founder of the Wilzig Hospital Center in Jersey City, N.J. and the Parents Association of Cardoza Law School of Yeshiva University. She is a Lifetime Member of the Cong. Adas Israel Synagogue in Passaic, N.J., and holds the distinction of being the only woman ever honored as Woman of the Year by the Synagogue.
Naomi is also a Lifetime Member of the Florida Holocaust Museum in Saint Petersburg,Naomi is also on Board of Directors of Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Life Member and Director of Daughters of Miriam Center for the Aged and a member of the American Museum Association.
On October 16, 2010 The City of Miami Beach issued Naomi a Proclamation declaring the day “World Erotic Art Museum Day. Commemorating the fifth anniversary of the museum. On May 12, 2011 The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality presented Wilzig with “Doctor of Arts Honors Causa Sexuality / Erotology. On October 16, 2011 the City of Miami Beach issued a proclamation declaring it Naomi Wilzig Day at her public Investiture of her doctorate degree ceremony.