“Seth is an exceptional curator and an impressive scholar who
understands the complexities of collecting antiquities in the
21st century, as well as the importance of our collection as a
springboard for exhibitions and a wide range of programs for
audiences of all ages. He is also deeply committed to education.
Complementing his PhD in archaeology, Seth has an MA in
education, which will serve him well in helping to make the
classical world accessible and relevant to visitors. We very
much look forward to having Seth as a colleague in Cleveland,
and to experiencing the ways that he will encourage museum
audiences to engage with the art of the ancient world,” said
Director William M. Griswold.
As Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Pevnick will oversee the care
and development of the collection of art of the ancient
Mediterranean, including the art of Egypt and the Ancient Near
East. Working closely with the Director and Chief Curator,
Pevnick will identify and recommend works of art to augment the
collection. He will also oversee special exhibitions exploring
all aspects of art from classical antiquity.
Spanning nearly 4,000 years of human history (from c. 3200 BC to
c. AD 500), the collections of ancient art at the CMA are held
in high esteem both nationally and internationally. Although the
museum’s holdings in this area are modest in number, many works
are of unparalleled quality and importance.
Together, the collections comprise more than 1,100 works,
encompassing the arts of pre-Christian Europe, the Mediterranean
basin, Egypt, and the empires of the Near East and the Levant. A
wide range of types of works and media are represented, from
small objects of personal adornment to monumental sculpture,
representing many different cultures.
“I am honored and delighted to join the curatorial team of the
Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the finest comprehensive art
museums in this country, and home to a preeminent collection of
ancient Western art. I look forward to getting to know both the
collection and the cultural community of Northeast Ohio, and to
drawing exciting new connections between antiquity and the
present day. Each time that I have visited the Cleveland Museum
of Art, I have left inspired by the high quality of exhibitions,
collections, and publications, and I am eager now to share in
this overall commitment to excellence,” said Pevnick.
Seth is currently the Chief Curator and Richard E. Perry Curator
of Greek and Roman Art at the Tampa Museum of Art, where
he has served since 2009. From July 2014 to April 2015, he
served as Acting Director at the Tampa Museum of Art. Seth has
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).
Prior to his employment at Tampa, from 2008–9, Pevnick was a
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.
About the Cleveland
Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collections include more
than 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the
arts. The museum is a significant international forum for
exhibitions, scholarship, and performing arts. One of the top
comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to
all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic
University Circle neighborhood.
For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs
and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit