Brett Levine

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Brett M. Levine (born c. 1965) is a musician, writer, art critic and curator. He served as director of the UAB Visual Arts Gallery from 2001 to 2011 and also directed UAB's Samuel B. Barker Memorial Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Levine graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 1983. He was a founding member of the Mobile-based punk band The Vomit Spots and also played with Tim Boykin's The Dead End Kids. He was a regular part of the punk scene centered on Morris Avenue's "The Cavern" club.

Levine earned his bachelor's degree at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and a graduate diploma from the Australian National University in Canberra. He went on to earn a master's in arts administration from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a PhD in curatorial studies from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He worked as a team leader in collections for the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, New Zealand before coming to UAB in 2001 to succeed Toni Nordan.

He is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the International Association of Art Critics. He has contributed to a number of international publications, including Art Papers, Art New Zealand, Object, and Urbis. He contributed a chapter to the 2017 book Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics edited by Brad Buckley and John Conomos. Levine created and edited the 15-volume "Pocket Art Editions" series of small monographs. He worked with Los Angeles, California architect Randall Stout on the design of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

Levine was awarded a fellowship grant for literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and has written for Birmingham Home and Garden and contributes a regular column to B-Metro magazine since its debut in 2009.


  • "New Curator at Visual Arts Gallery." (August 16, 2001) UAB News
  • "UAB's Brett Levine Awarded Alabama State Council on the Arts 2010 Literature Fellowship." ( June 29, 2010) UAB News

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