The Board of Trustees of the Linda Pace Foundation has announced Maura Reilly as its new executive director.
An internationally acclaimed curator, critic, and art historian with a doctorate in art history, Reilly has extensive experience in scholarly research, teaching, and arts administration, and is known for her ground breaking advocacy for the study of feminist art.
Reilly will be charged with managing the foundation’s extensive collection of contemporary art, recommending new acquisitions, and overseeing CHRISPark on the grounds of the foundation’s offices. She will also work with the foundation to establish a new community art campus on Camp Street to present contemporary art in a non-traditional setting.
On her appointment, Reilly commented, "I am honored to have been chosen by the Foundation for this position. As someone who has dedicated much of their career to supporting the work of women as cultural producers — as artists, patrons, collectors — I can think of no better post for me than this one. I will work to ensure that artist-philanthropist Linda Pace is forever remembered and that her legacy is etched in stone.”
Most recently, Reilly has been professor and chair of art theory at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, in Australia.
From 2003 to 2008, Reilly was the founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the first exhibition space in a major U.S. museum devoted exclusively to feminist art. Among the shows she organized there are the permanent re-installation of Judy Chicago’s ever-controversial piece, The Dinner Party, and “Global Feminisms,” a group show co-curated with Linda Nochlin that has been recognized for acknowledging feminist art traditions outside the U.S. and Europe.
Reilly also served as the senior curator at the American Foundation for the Arts, and taught art history at Tufts University in Boston. Her art criticism has appeared in Art in America, and she is the author of several books, including Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them (2011), about the political commentator and “enfant terrible” of the Australian Indigenous art world. Recent curatorial projects include “La Mirada Iracunda (The Furious Gaze),” 2008, Bilboa, and “Carolee Schneemann: Painting, What It Became,” New York, 2009.
Reilly currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner, artist Tracey Moffatt. Reilly will assume her duties at the foundation’s offices in San Antonio in August.