Dr. Alison Reilly (PhD ’23) recently joined the School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida as Visiting Assistant Instructor. At USF, Dr. Reilly is currently developing and serving as the instructor for a pioneering Contemporary Art survey course focusing on significant themes explored through art spanning the years 1980 to the present day.
Dr. Reilly’s recent appointment also provides her with the unique opportunity to incorporate her extensive knowledge of exhibition history and curatorial practices into her courses. Drawing from her formative academic studies under her advisor at FSU, Dr. Adam Jolles, Dr. Reilly is now instrumental in shaping hybrid seminars for both graduate and undergraduate students. At USF, she also created Modern and Contemporary Art seminars that investigate pivotal exhibitions mounted in the twentieth century and artists who have taken on the dual role of both artist and curator from the late-twentieth century through the early-twenty-first century.
I am grateful for the exceptional mentorship I received from my professors at FSU, which provided me with the skills to design a range of engaging courses on Modern and Contemporary Art. Of course, I will always consider Dr. Jolles’ Museum History class as the cornerstone of my academic journey. His course made me aware of the intricate interplay that occurs between art, its displays, and its reception. I now have the opportunity to share information about museum, exhibition, and curatorial practices with a new generation of students.