Maura Reilly

Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505

Biography

Maura Reilly is an Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU, Reilly served as Visiting Professor and Chair of Art History and Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Simon’s Rock. 

Reilly has served as Executive Director of the National Academy of Design, Chair and Professor of Art Theory at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia), and as a Senior Curator at the American Federation of Arts, in New York City.

Reilly is also the Founding Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she launched the first exhibition and public programming space in the USA devoted exclusively to feminist art, and where she organized multiple exhibitions, including the permanent installation of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party and the blockbuster Global Feminisms (co-curated with Linda Nochlin), Ghada Amer: Love Has No End, and Burning Down the House, among others. 

She has authored and edited many books and articles on contemporary art, including major publications on artists like Ghada Amer, Nayland Blake, Carolee Schneemann, Tracey Emin, Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie, Richard Bell, Jesse Jones, among others. 

She has also written extensively on contemporary curatorial practice, including, most recently, Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating (Thames & Hudson, 2018), which has received many accolades, including from the New York Times, which listed it as one of the “Top 10 Best Art Books” of 2018. Her edited volume, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader was named a "Best of 2020" by the New York Times

She is currently working on two new book projects – The Ethical Museum (Thames & Hudson, 2022) and a textbook on transnational feminist art.

Reilly is a founding member of two initiatives dedicated to fighting discrimination against women in the art world -- The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) and Feminist Curators United.

Reilly received her MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, under the direction of Linda Nochlin. 

Education

Reilly received her MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, under the direction of Linda Nochlin. 

Courses

Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
SGS 494 Special Topics
ARS 494 Special Topics
ARS 590 Reading and Conference
ARS 592 Research
ARS 690 Reading and Conference
ARS 790 Reading and Conference
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
ARS 494 Special Topics
ARS 590 Reading and Conference
ARS 690 Reading and Conference
ARS 790 Reading and Conference