“Your new titles: "Picasso Masterworks: 1904-1937", and "Winslow Homer - From Poetry to Fiction" both present exciting and lesser-known work in a new context. "Picasso Masterworks: 1904-1937" is a beautiful publication with excellent reproductions and substantial historical information backing each piece.
"Winslow Homer From Poetry to Fiction" presents the otherwise largely unknown body of print-work made by the great American artist in an illuminating way by relating it to the historical events and literature of the time. These are both relevant and promising titles.”
— Joey Gonnella
ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
“Few museum directors have captured the essence of my work as Reilly has with this exhibition. It has truly been a rewarding thing to pull out so many works from my studio that I haven’t seen in many years; some I haven’t looked at since I painted them twenty or twenty-five years ago. Not only does he appreciate the work, he also has brought together a comprehensive balance of drawings, watercolors, oils and temperas as well as some of my early bronze pieces as witnessed through this all-inclusive exposition.”
—Thomas Hart Benton
One Hundred Works by Thomas Hart Benton
The Albrecht Gallery, St. Joseph, Mo.
“. . . He certainly knew how to make history come alive. . .”
[Referencing Rhodes’ years as director of the Seattle Museum of History
“You are one of the very few directors that I have met who is imbued with a deep conviction for a lasting value in the heritage of our American art.”
American social realist painter and lithographer
“Reilly has refocused the (Bowers) Museum from a community cultural resource to a much broader encyclopedic institution that brings to Southern California a new base of mature exhibit offerings from antiquity to the modern era.”
Curator of Greek and Roman antiquities
J. Paul Getty Museum
“He brings with him refreshing ideas, a good sense of organization and a bounty of energy. What I give greatest importance to is his strong centering on Midwestern values.”
President, Batjac Productions, Beverly Hills, CA