Wendy Wick Reaves

Interim Director, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Wendy Wick Reaves, curator of prints and drawings, is Interim Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Reaves established the graphic arts department at the National Portrait Gallery in 1974. The collections she has developed include fine-art prints and drawings, rare books and illustrated journals, posters, caricatures and cartoons. Reaves is the curator of numerous exhibitions for the Portrait Gallery on subjects ranging from the 18th to the 20th century. Her books include “Reflections/Refractions: Self Portraiture in the Twentieth Century” (2009) and “Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture” (2008), “Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings” (2002) and “Celebrity Caricature in America” (1998).

Reaves has also served as one of the curators of the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series which celebrate progressive forms of portrayal in contemporary art. She is currently working on an upcoming exhibition titled “Face Value: Portraiture in an Age of Abstraction,” which will examine mid-20th century portraiture. Reaves received a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and is a member of the Print Council of America, for which she has served as a member of the board.