Beth E. Levinthal
Beth E. Levinthal is director of the Hofstra University Museum. Prior to assuming her position at Hofstra in 2006, she served as executive director of the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, Long Island, New York, from 2001 to 2006.
From 1987 to 1994, Ms. Levinthal was an art educator, editor of an arts publication, and public programs coordinator at the Art League of Long Island. In 1994 she joined the staff of the Heckscher Museum of Art, subsequently being named director of education and public programs in 1996. During her tenure, she introduced numerous interdisciplinary and multicultural programs for children, families and adults, greatly increasing annual program attendance and outreach to the Long Island community. Highlights of her many contributions to the Heckscher Museum include “Discovering Art Together” programs for families; a junior docent program for fifth graders; a high school docent program; “Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher,” an annual exhibition opportunity for high school art students; and “Heckscher Hits the Road,” a program for adults in senior living facilities, hospitals and nursing homes.
Among other affiliations, she is a founding member and secretary of the board of directors of the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), and a peer reviewer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She served as a member of the board of directors for the Museum Association of New York (MANY) from 2002 to 2005.
Among Ms. Levinthal’s awards and honors, she was the 1996 Malcolm Arth Fellow of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, and in 2005, she was honored by Hofstra University with a George M. Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2006 she was named a Woman of Distinction by Distinction magazine.