Cyril Reade

Director of Camden Center for the Arts
Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D. University of Rochester
(856) 225-6242
Fine Arts Building, Rm. 250




Cyril Reade is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts at Rutgers—Camden and Director of the Rutgers—Camden Center for the Arts. He joined Rutgers University—Camden in September 2011, having previously taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Western Ontario in London, ON, Concordia University, Montreal, and Université Laval, Québec. He published Mendelsohn to Mendelssohn: Visual Case Studies of Jewish Life in Berlin (Peter Lang, 2007) and co-edited Porous Boundaries: Art and Essays with David Peters Corbett (Manchester University Press, 2015), a collection of commissioned artworks and essays exploring the inter-disciplinary contributions of Sociology of Art Professor emerita Janet Wolff. He is currently working with the journal and photographs of Donald Lokuta, who collaborated from 1984 – 2000 with the internationally recognized sculptor George Segal who maintained his studio in South Brunswick, NJ.

Reade has written about the work of Jocelyne Alloucherie, Jocelyn Gasse, Wynn Gelense, Betty Goodwin, Angela Grauerholz, John Greyson, Jean Lantier, William Kentridge, Holly King,  David Merritt, Sylvia Ptak, Cheryl Sourkes, Allen Topolski, Martha Townsend, and Irene Whittome for exhibition catalogs, art magazines, art encyclopedias, and edited books.  As independent curator, he organized exhibitions that featured the work of Rita Bakacs, Elizabeth Cohen, Emile Deveraux, Susan Lakin, Scott McCarney, Ross Racine, Cheryl Sourkes, and Allen Topolski. Since joining Rutgers—Camden, he has co/curated the work of Michael Bartmann, Bruce Garrity, Ken Hohing, Mickey McGrath, Scott Pelnat, Tim Portlock, Eric Porter, Shuli Sadé, George Segal, and Allen Topolski, and oversaw the publication of catalogs for these significant exhibitions at the Stedman Gallery. In overseeing the exhibition programming at the Stedman Gallery, he has paid particular attention to representing the City of Camden, co-curating or programming Visions of Camden (2013), Camden Collects (2014), Sounds of Camden (2014), Look Again: The Young People of Camden (2016), and Picturing Camden (2017). He led RCCA’s team collaboration with the City of Camden and Coopers Ferry Partnership to win a two-year one million dollar-grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge (2018); the program A New View-Camden addresses the plague of illegal dumping in the City of Camden through temporary public art that transforms downgraded spaces into community resources.

A New View-Camden has given the Museum Studies program at Rutgers-Camden an expanded opportunity to offer professional training through internships in an academic setting; Reade is director of Museum Studies. He also teaches courses on modern and contemporary art that speak to the New Deal, the Harlem Renaissance, the art museum, and lgbtq visual culture.