Reilly Rhodes

Reilly Rhodes is the director and chief curator of Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions in Laguna Niguel, CA.  Founded in 1996, CMPE initiates and organizes art exhibitions, publications and educational materials to benefit museums devoted to enriching the public’s experiences and understanding of art and culture.


Since 1967, Rhodes has held leadership positions at museums and conducted independent consulting work.  Prior to his current position, he served as the executive director of the Monterey Museum of Art (CA), the National Art Museum of Sport (New Haven and Indianapolis), Seattle Museum of History and Industry (WA), the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana (CA), the Canton Art Institute (OH), Albrecht-Kemper Museum (MO), and administrative positions with the Detroit Institute of Arts (MI), and Batjac Productions, Beverly Hills (CA).  In 1981-1982, Rhodes served as curator for Mexico and China at the EPCOT Center in Orlando (FL).


In 2010, in conjunction with the exhibition and curatorship of Robert Motherwell and Jasper Johns: Poetic Works as Metaphor, Rhodes was chosen as the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.


Born in Bloomington, Illinois, Rhodes received his BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, and his MFA from Wichita State University.  He studied museum management at Syracuse University (NY) and was the recipient of five National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities scholarships in museum studies and management planning.  In 1971, he received an ABA/ALI scholarship to study museum legal policies and practices at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  Rhodes was a founding director and the first president of the Orange County Arts Alliance (CA) and organizing founder of the Orange County Business Committee for the Arts with the aid of Robert O. Anderson, CEO of ARCO.  He is a past director of the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles and founding board member of the Balboa Art Conservation Center in San Diego.