Aaron J. Paul

Aaron J. Paul is Tampa Museum of Art's curator of Greek and Roman art, a formidable position in a regional museum entrusted with the prized Joseph Veach Noble Collection, the heart of one of the largest aggregations of Greek and Roman antiquities in the Southeast. Paul, who worked at Harvard for 15 years, co-curated TMA's astonishing Magna Graecia exhibition. Weekly Planet salutes Paul for his extraordinary efforts in introducing these memorable art works to a city envisioning a future with a world class museum and exhibitions. Whether art is ancient or hard-to-digest contemporary or anything in between, we remain indebted to curators like Aaron J. Paul, whose behind-the-scene determination, extraordinary focus and contagious passion serve our community superbly. Paul's fellow curator, Michael Bennett, previous curator of classical antiquities in Tampa who now holds that position at Cleveland Museum of Art, is also to be congratulated. In fact, this alliance between two Harvard-trained scholars was made in museum heaven (along with Italian museum officials and curators and embassies on both sides of the Atlantic). We are all the beneficiaries of their meticulous scholarship and international diplomacy.

Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, 813-274-8130.

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