Black-figure Column Krater. Greek, Attic, about 510 BC. Ceramic. Tampa Museum of Art; purchased with funds from the Friends of the Arts (FOTA) 1981.5. Courtesy tampamuseum.org. Foreground: Richard E. Perry curator of Greek and Roman art Seth Pevnick.
The Tampa Museum of Art (TMA) announced this afternoon that it has hired Seth Pevnick of the J. Paul Getty Museum to serve as the museums Richard E. Perry curator of Greek and Roman art. Despite recent budget cuts, the museum was able to bring the curator on board thanks to a 1998 gift by Dr. Richard E. Perry and his wife, Mary, of St. Petersburg, which established the endowed position. TMAs collection of Greek and Roman antiquities is widely regarded as the museums most valuable asset; Pevnicks duties will include designing and overseeing the installation of the collection in the new building (currently scheduled to open in early 2010). A PhD candidate at UCLAs Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Dartmouth College, Pevnick begins his position at TMA on Sept. 1.
Megan Voeller is Creative Loafings visual art critic. She teaches at the University of Tampa and blogs at Artsqueeze.com.