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2018-2019 Kress & AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome Announced

Friday, December 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Seth Pevnick, Chief Curator at the Tampa Museum of Art (FL), Named the Samuel H. Kress/AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome


The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation have announced Seth Pevnick as the recipient of the 2018 Samuel H. Kress Foundation / AAMC Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (AAR). Seth Pevnick, Chief Curator and Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art /Cornelia Corbett Center in Tampa, Florida has been awarded the Fellowship to further his work on his forthcoming exhibition Lions and Heroes in the Classical World.

“I am honored and delighted to have been awarded the Kress/AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome,” noted Pevnick. “This fellowship will allow me to continue my research on Lions and Heroes in the Classical World, an exhibition project exploring the age-old associations between the king of beasts and the greatest conquerors and champions of classical antiquity. So many of the objects that tell these stories are located in museums in and around Rome, and it will be a pleasure to study them firsthand.”

Launched in 2014, the Fellowship provides a four-week appointment, including housing at the American Academy in Rome (AAR), for curators to develop projects that require research in Italy. The Program, supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, offers a focused opportunity to advance research and exhibition development abroad.

“AAMC Foundation is incredibly grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their dedication to curatorial research and development in providing funding for the Fellowship and is thankful for a partner such as the American Academy in Rome for hosting the fellow,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, “We look forward to the advancement of Lions and Heroes in the Classical World that Seth will achieve during his affiliated fellowship.”

Lions and Heroes in the Classical World will be the first major museum exhibition to explore the millennia-long connections between lions and the greatest demigods of classical antiquity. Just as Homeric similes compare the best ancient Greek warriors at Troy to lions, many of the finest works of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art connect lions and heroes. Although Herakles (or Hercules/Hercle) is most famous in this regard, numerous historical figures also donned lion skins and adorned their temples and tombs with representations of the king of beasts.

Seth Pevnick has been the Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Tampa Museum of Art since 2009, and Chief Curator since 2013. He previously worked in the Antiquities Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, and has been involved with archaeological excavations in Greece and Albania. Pevnick earned his AB from Dartmouth College and PhD from UCLA, where he studied the ancient Athenian pottery industry. His publications include the exhibition catalogue Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life (2014), as well as numerous articles in museum and academic books and journals. Pevnick serves on the public art committees for both the City of Tampa and Tampa International Airport. He lives in Tampa with his wife, two children, and a dog.



About AAMC & AAMC Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe.  AAMC & AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement.  In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type.  We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.  For more information, visit 


About the Samuel H. Kress Foundation:
The mission of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.


About the American Academy in Rome

Founded in 1894, the American Academy in Rome is a leading international center for independent studies and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Each year, following a national juried competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately 30 Americans working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, and Modern Italian Studies, and Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Literature, Musical Composition, and Visual Arts. The annual application deadline for the Rome Prize is November 1. To learn more, please visit:




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