Entrepreneur and contemporary art collector Dani Levinas has been elected chairman of the board of trustees at the Phillips Collection, the private modern art museum near Dupont Circle in Washington.
Levinas, who is a D.C. resident, takes control of a dramatically expanded governing body. At the Monday meeting that elected him to the board as chairman, the board approved four other new members and added two vice chair positions. There are now 35 members on the board, up from 28 last year.
“I am excited. [Phillips Collection Director] Dorothy Kosinski has been incredible for the museum,” Levinas said in an interview. “She’s a force. She has done a lot in education and reaching people and showing contemporary art in different ways than was shown before.”
Two of the new board members represent the University of Maryland. Last October, the museum and university announced the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection, a collaboration that brings research and multi-disciplinary programs to the District and will eventually include new gallery and open storage space on or near the university’s College Park, Md., campus.