Rene Paul Barilleaux

Rene Paul Barilleaux

Class

CCL Class of 2015

Institution

McNay Art Museum

Title

Chief Curator / Curator of Contemporary Art

Institution at time of Fellowship

McNay Art Museum

Residency

Saint Louis Art Museum

Mentor

Brent Benjamin, Saint Louis Art Museum

René Paul Barilleaux (American, born Lafayette, Louisiana) is Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art at the McNay Art Museum. One of three top-tier managers, Barilleaux works with the Director to provide overall artistic vision and supervises six senior staff. Since joining the McNay in 2005, he has greatly expanded the postwar and contemporary art collection in range and number, while developing new collecting areas including photo-based work and installation art. He organized solo presentations by Lynda Benglis, Judith Godwin, Jane Hammond, Joseph Marioni, and Sandy Skoglund, as well as American Art Since 1945: In a New Light, New Image Sculpture, Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune, and Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting. He initiated new exhibition programs including a video series, and has edited and contributed to numerous publications including the Whitney Museum’s Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE. Barilleaux recently served on the McNay’s master planning committee. Working in museums for nearly 35 years, he held curatorial positions at the Mississippi Museum of Art; College of Charleston, South Carolina; Madison Art Center, Wisconsin; and Museum of Holography, New York. Barilleaux received a BFA from The University of Southwestern Louisiana and an MFA from Pratt Institute.