Curator of Greek and Roman Art
Seth Pevnick joined the museum as curator of Greek and Roman art in March 2019, taking responsibility for the care and development of the collection of art of the ancient Mediterranean world, including the art of Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Previously he spent nearly a decade at the Tampa Museum of Art, serving as Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art (2009–19), as well as chief curator (2013–19) and acting director (July 2014–April 2015). While in Tampa, Pevnick curated numerous exhibitions, including the major traveling exhibition Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life (2014–15); Echoes of Antiquity: Revisiting and Reimagining the Ancient World (2015); Animals in Ancient Art (2016); and Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite, and the Lure of Antiquity: Conversations with the Collection (2018).
In addition to editing and contributing to the Poseidon and the Sea catalogue, he has written for other museum exhibition catalogues as well as academic journals, conference proceedings, and archaeological excavation reports, particularly in the area of ancient Greek vase-painting. His most recent publications include “The Tampa Poseidon = The Shugborough Neptune,” in Collecting and Collectors: From Antiquity to Modernity (Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture 4 ), and “Riders and Victors: Competing on Horseback in Archaic and Classical Greek Art,” in The Horse in Ancient Greek Art (2017).
Prior to his employment at Tampa, from 2008 to 2009 Pevnick served as curatorial assistant in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa, where he co-curated The Chimaera of Arezzo, a collaborative exhibition with the Republic of Italy. Pevnick holds a PhD in archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in classical archaeology from Dartmouth College. The recipient of numerous academic honors, including the John Williams White Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2006–7), Pevnick most recently was awarded a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome for 2019.