Tampa Museum of Art chief curator Seth Pevnick resigns

Seth D. Pevnick, who spent nearly a decade at the Tampa Museum of Art, will become the curator of Greek and Roman art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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Seth D. Pevnick, Chief Curator of the Tampa Museum of Art , announced his resignation on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.
EVE EDELHEIT | Times Seth D. Pevnick, Chief Curator of the Tampa Museum of Art , announced his resignation on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.
Published December 21 2018

TAMPA — Seth D. Pevnick, chief curator and Richard E. Perry curator of Greek and Roman Art of the Tampa Museum of Art, announced his resignation on Thursday.

He will join the staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio as curator of Greek and Roman Art in March 2019.

Pevnick began at the Tampa Museum of Art in 2009. During his time there, he curated numerous exhibitions, including the major traveling exhibition “Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult and Daily Life” (2014-15); “Animals in Ancient Art” (2016) and this year’s “Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite and the Lure of Antiquity: Conversations with the Collection” through which New York-based sculptor Cronin created a monumental sculpture of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, which the museum has acquired.

“During the years working with Seth, I have been particularly impressed with his scholarly pursuits and with his interest and ability to reflect on ancient art in a modern context, ensuring our community understands the continued relevance of classical art in our contemporary lives,” the museum’s executive director Michael Tomor said in a news release. “We will miss Seth at the museum but know his contributions will not be diminished or eclipsed.”

Pevnick holds a Ph.D in archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s in classical archaeology from Dartmouth College. He has extensive archaeological experience, working on digs in Greece and Albania. Prior to working at the Tampa Museum of Art, Pevnick was curatorial assistant in the department of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

In 2014-15 Pevnick served as the museum’s interim director.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is considerably larger than the Tampa Museum of Art, holding more than 45,000 objects in their collection versus Tampa’s 8,000. It’s considered one of the finest comprehensive art museums

“This is a bittersweet moment for me, as I look ahead with great excitement to the next chapter of my career in Cleveland, but also reflect on the end of nearly a decade in Tampa,” Pevnick said. “I have enjoyed my tenure at the Tampa Museum of Art, and I am proud of my contributions towards a number of significant exhibitions, acquisitions and other developments here.”

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