Cummer CEO, director to leave museum

Adam Levine, Ph.D

Adam Levine, Ph. D., George and Kathleen Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, has resigned his job at the museum to return to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in Toledo, Ohio, it was announced Jan. 30. Levine will fill the role of the Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director of TMA. He will begin his new post in May of 2020. Founded in 1901, TMA has more than 25,000 objects in its collection.

Levine began his work with the Cummer Museum in October 2018 and fully assumed the role as Director and CEO in January 2019. Prior to relocating to Jacksonville to accept the position with the Cummer Museum, he held a variety of senior positions at TMA since 2013, most recently as deputy director and curator of Ancient art.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that we are disappointed to lose Adam, but the passion, excitement and growth at the Cummer of late is a result of the community’s desire for accessible, high-quality cultural experiences and our institution’s ability to respond to that demand. This commitment to Jacksonville will not diminish,” said Pam D. Paul, chair of the Cummer Museum’s Board of Trustees.

“The Cummer is strongly positioned and committed to sustaining excellence throughout our galleries, gardens, exhibitions and programming, and we will continue to honor our long history of engaging and inspiring our community. We have an incredible staff and highly engaged and committed board along with strong community support. Just as we did before, our board will work tirelessly to recruit the best and brightest new director and CEO,” she continued. “We are grateful to Adam for his visionary leadership in creating new experiences focused on quality, access and fun for all ages and interests to enjoy. We wish him all the best in Toledo.”

During Levine’s short tenure, the Cummer Museum, increased attendance and membership year-over-year by 20%, expanded educational offerings, developed an ambitious strategic plan, reconstructed its hurricane-damaged gardens and initiated new programs that increased accessibility to the museum for a range of audiences. Levine also oversaw several new acquisitions and loans that enhanced the scope of the museum’s holdings, including examples of contemporary Native American basketry, historic African sculpture, ancient Roman material culture and abstract expressionist painting.

“It has been a privilege to lead the Cummer Museum and to partner with its inspiring board, donors, staff and volunteers on a variety of dynamic initiatives that moved the institution forward. I have loved my time in this community and am grateful for the warmth with which I was received and for the embrace of the Cummer Museum’s vision,” said Levine.

Levine’s last day at the Cummer Museum will be April 24. “Our board is going to develop a cohesive transition plan and ensure that artistic and operational excellence continues to be paramount as we move forward. It is anticipated that Adam will be a part of this transition period for the next 90 days,” said Paul.

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