Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1935, Levine received a BA from Yale University, and MA and PhD degrees from NYU. He also studied studio art at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. In his career as an artist, he has explored the relationships among sculpture, landscape, photography and architecture. As an educator, he has instituted programs that have extended the studio and classroom to include public space.
- Numerous temporary installations and exhibitions of his work have been mounted at Artists Space, New York City (1980), Atlanta Arts Festival (1988), Artpark, Lewiston, New York (1986), Boston Public Library (2001) and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (1984).
- Permanent Public Commissions include ‘Garden Glen’ in Danehy Park, Cambridge, MA (1991), ‘Embodying Thoreau’ in Pennypack Park, Philadelphia, PA (2003), and ‘Floating Rocks: Looking into Time’ in Pusan, Korea (1994).
- In 1991, he began ‘Vermont Village and Vermont Settlement’ in Royalton, Vermont, which is an ongoing project. Situated on 10 acres in rural Vermont, the project comprises over 50 site-specific works in the landscape. Many works employ water; others incorporate photography, video and/or sound.
- As Chair of the Art Department at Wright State University on Dayton, Ohio (1972-8), he established a visiting artist program that combined commissions to artists in campus public spaces, studio production and gallery installations. In addition he collaborated with the Dayton City Beautiful Council to establish a program of artists’ installations in city parks.
- As Dean of Faculty of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1987-81), and as Dean of the School of Art at East Carolina University (1982-9), he continued to integrate these components into the curriculum.
- In 1989, he was invited to establish the Visual Arts Program at MIT, Cambridge, MA, which he directed until 1998. Initially an undergraduate offering, he developed it into a degree-granting graduate program with a focus on public art. In 2002, he retired as Professor of Art from MIT.
- Levine has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, among others. Throughout his career he has been an active contributor to the field, as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and various state and local arts organizations, as well as academic institutions, conferences and forums.
- Publications include articles for journals in the arts and humanities and the book-length essay ‘Uncovering the Body’ 2005.