Jean Farley Levy (1912–2003) was one of the first female advertising specialists.  After beginning her career in Chicago, she moved to New York City where she was employed by Bloomingdale’s and John Wanamaker department stores and Roman Stripe Stockings.  She met Julien Levy a few years after he had closed his art gallery, and the couple married on January 20, 1957, in Bridgewater, Connecticut, where they resided in a farm house Julien had purchased in 1948. Jean acted as Julien’s archivist and editor when Levy wrote his Memoir of an Art Gallerywhich was published in 1977.  After her husband’s death in 1981, she dedicated herself to promoting his legacy and founded the J. L. Foundation (now the Jean and Julien Levy Foundation for the Arts).  The Levy collection of art and photography was an on-going interest and responsibility for Jean Farley Levy. In June 2001, a major acquisition of photographs from the collection was made by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in September of that year the Julien Levy Gallery was dedicated and officially opened with the exhibition The Discerning Eye of Julien Levy. After Jean Levy’s death in 2003, the art collection was entrusted to the Paris auction house Tajan who produced a catalogue titled Hommage à Julien Levy: Oeuvres Provenant de Collection Julien et Jean Levy (Tribute to Julien Levy: Works from the Collection of Julien and Jean Levy) and mounted a very successful three day sale in October 2004.  

Following Jean Farley Levy’s wishes, a portion of the proceeds from the Tajan auction were set aside to ensure that the Levy Foundation could continue its mission of funding projects related to the arts, particularly those providing artistic opportunities and scholarships for children through educational workshops, events, and interactions with professional artists and arts organizations.


Eric W. Strom, Chairman

Miles Borzilleri, Treasurer

John Farron

Marie A. Difilippantonio, Director