David Levy grew up in the midst of the creative community that moved the world’s art capital from Europe to New York during the seminal years of the late 1940s and early ‘50s. An internationally known and highly respected arts professional, he is an educator, museum director, art historian, artist/designer and musician. In 2005, Levy began a consulting relationship with Cambridge Information Group (CIG) and, in 2007, became President of its Education Group and of its graduate school, Sotheby’s Institute of Art. At that time, the Institute had campuses in London, Singapore and New York City. In 2011 Levy created an interdisciplinary program combining the study of art business and connoisseurship with hands-on training in interior design granting a master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and an Interior Design Certificate from the New York School of Interior Design. In 2012 he established a partnership with Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles County, creating a major west-coast center for The Institute and in 2015 he developed an articulated MA program with Beijing’s Tsinghua University that enrolled 58 students in its initial year. Over and above this American/Chinese collaboration, Sotheby’s Institute of Art enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, primarily in programs leading to master’s and PhD degrees. He served as President and Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college of art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design from 1991-2005
Levy was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France, received the New York State Regents Award for distinguished leadership in higher education; and in 1995, was honored by New York University with a “Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award” for his work as an “extraordinary arts administrator, art scholar, performing musician, philosopher and aesthetician.” The following year (1996) he was named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. As a graphic designer, Levy art-directed some 60-100 publications annually at Parsons School of Design, many of which won design awards and commendations from such organizations as the New York Art Directors Club and the American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA). He holds honorary degrees from The New School and Cedar Crest College.
David Levy has served as a Commissioner of Arts and Humanities for the District of Columbia, as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, and as a trustee of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (Young Arts), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the National Hospice Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers (The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards) and the Larry Rivers Foundation. He is a member of the Century Association (NY) and the Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.).
Levy and his family live in Washington, D.C.