The Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio has announced the appointment of Dr. Maura Reilly as its new Executive Director.
The New York- and Sydney-based curator is recognized internationally for her expertise in contemporary art and transnational feminism. Reilly has twenty years experience in curatorship and arts administration, most recently as Professor and Chair of Art Theory at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, in Australia. Prior to that she was Senior Curator at the American Federation of Arts, a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to traveling exhibitions. From 2003-2008, as founding Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Reilly conceived and launched the first exhibition and public programming space in a U.S. museum devoted exclusively to feminist art, and organized several exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Global Feminisms, co-curated with Linda Nochlin.
As Executive Director of the Linda Pace Foundation, Reilly will be responsible for managing and enhancing the Foundation’s extensive art collection and working with the foundation’s board to develop a community art campus along Camp Street in San Antonio. Under her leadership, the Foundation will continue to support Artpace, an independent, public institution founded by Linda Pace that serves San Antonio and the international arts community through its artist residencies, contemporary art exhibitions and education programs. She will also manage CHRISpark, a one-acre art park that Linda Pace built in memory of her son.
“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,” says Reilly. She understands the fierce loyalty and respect artist/patron/collector Linda Pace still evokes. “I will work to ensure that artist-philanthropist Linda Pace is forever remembered and that her legacy is etched in stone.”