The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Board of Directors is delighted to announce that René Paul Barilleaux will serve as the Festival’s award juror during the 48th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

Rene Paul Barilleaux
Photo courtesy Rene Paul Barilleaux


René Paul Barilleaux is Head of Curatorial Affairs at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, having served as Chief Curator (2006-2016) and Curator of Contemporary Art (2005-2016). Since joining the McNay in 2005, he 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 award-winning exhibitions and publications including solo presentations by Lynda Benglis, Judith Godwin, Jane Hammond, Joseph Marioni, Rashaad Newsome, Chuck Ramirez, and Sandy Skoglund, among other artists, as well as American Art Since 1945: In a New Light; New Image Sculpture; Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune; Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting; Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection; and Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography. Previously Barilleaux 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1981. Since the early 1980s he has organized numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and alternative media; written, edited, and designed related publications; taught, lectured, and consulted; and been active in many facets of museum administration and the visual arts. In addition, Barilleaux taught courses in art history and museum studies at the College of Charleston and Millsaps College.

He is a national professional peer for the Art in Architecture Program of the US General Services Administration, a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums Museum Assessment Program, a mayoral appointee to the San Antonio Arts Commission/Public Art Committee, and serves on the boards of Allegro Stage Company and the Tres Centurias Foundation, both in San Antonio. As well, he is an advisor to the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.

In 2015, René Paul Barilleaux was selected as one of twelve Fellows at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York. In 2016, he was selected as one of five Mentors for the Association of Art Museum Curators Mentorship Program.