Adam M. Levine, currently the deputy director and curator of ancient art for the Toledo Museum of Art, assumes his new role as the Cummer’s first George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. Until then, he plans to consult with the museum’s current leadership and serve as director designate as he relocates to Jacksonville.
“When I visited the Cummer Museum, I was overwhelmed by its potential,” said Levine. “The seasoned staff, the magnificent gardens, the strong collection, and the supportive board all suggested the museum could become a truly special institution. What enthused me about this opportunity in particular, is the civic pride Jacksonville residents feel for their city and the aspirations they shared for Northeast Florida. I cannot wait to build an institution that offers world-class artistic, programmatic, and educational offerings that are broadly relevant and engage the entire community.”
Levine earned a few Bachelor of Arts degrees at Dartmouth College in 2008. He triple-majored in anthropology, art history, mathematics and social sciences. Named a Rhodes Scholar in 2012, Levine then earned a Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Art from Oxford University. Levine has published and presented widely, and has enjoyed fellowships/residencies at the American Numismatic Society and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy.
He has worked in management and curation for over ten years. In 2009 Levine co-founded Art Research Technologies in New York City. (The firm was later sold to a London-based finance firm). He has also consulted extensively with national and international arts organizations. As director, he will be the chief fundraiser for the Cummer.
In a 2013 interview with the Toledo City Paper, Levine said “I think that museums of the future will be more representative and global in their scope.” It seems that there is a tremendous opportunity for the museum and the greater Jacksonville art scene. This is a chance to have dialogue and take cues from a leader who is internationally engaged, but locally focused.