Florence NightingaleLevy

Florence Nightingale Levy founded important journals and led a multitude of institutions that would shape our national relationship to art. Levy studied at the National Academy of Art and Design, Columbia University, and the Louvre in Paris. In 1898 she founded the American Art Annual—a major catalogue of exhibitions, art schools, associations, and artists in the US—which she edited for two decades, and in 1901 also created the weekly New York Art Bulletin, which she later sold to Art News. She also published a number of guides to art education in the US at every level from public schools through professional art academies. In 1909 she co-founded the Art League of New York, bringing art into public schools, and the American Federation of Arts, which promoted art through exhibitions and other events. From 1909–1917 she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from 1922–1926 was director of the Baltimore Museum. She then spent several years running the Art Alliance of America and the New York Regional Art Council before becoming director of the Art Education Council in 1934. There she focused on practical employment for artists, editing several guidebooks to art careers in different fields.

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New York, NY
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Florence Nightingale Levy." (Viewed on February 28, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/levy-florence>.


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