Maura Reilly is a New York-based curator, arts writer, consultant, and educator who has dedicated her career exclusively to contemporary visual culture in/of/from the margins. Currently an Adjunct Professor at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney, from 2010 to 2013 she served as Chair and Professor of Art Theory at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to that Reilly held Senior Curator positions at the American Federation of Arts and Location One, both in New York City. From 2003 to 2009, as Founding Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, she conceived and launched the very first exhibition and public programming space in a U.S. museum devoted exclusively to feminist art, where she organized several exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Global Feminisms, co-curated with Linda Nochlin, the permanent reinstallation of The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, Ghada Amer: Love Has No End, and Burning Down the House, among others. Some of Reilly’s recent curatorial projects include Pace Gems: Selections from the Linda Pace Collection (2014), An Architect’s Eye (2012), Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them (2010–13), Nayland Blake: Behavior (2010), and Carolee Schneemann: Painting, What It Became (2009). She has authored numerous books and articles, including, most recently, on Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso, Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Egyptian artist Ghada Amer, and indigenous Australian artist Richard Bell. Forthcoming publications include Curatorial Activism: Toward an Ethics of Curating (2015) and an edited volume, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader (2015). Reilly is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including ArtTable’s Future Women Leadership Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art. Dr. Reilly received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.


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