Timothy Riley

Timothy Riley

Since 2016, Timothy Riley has served as the Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator for America’s National Churchill Museum (ANCM). Mr. Riley is a graduate, cum laude, of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and pursued post-graduate study at Columbia University in New York, NY. He served as a curatorial assistant, education assistant, and lectures/concerts coordinator at The Cloisters, a part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. From 2006 to 201, Mr. Riley served as director of The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton and was appointed Director Emeritus in 2012. Mr. Riley was inducted into the Association of Churchill Fellows of Westminster College in 2016.

As Director and Chief Curator, Mr. Riley has expanded the Museum’s reach, curating exhibitions aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, at the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL, and at Washington University in St. Louis, among others. Vanity Fair called the latter exhibition “the most comprehensive collection of Churchill paintings ever to be presented.”

He is an in-demand lecturer on Winston Churchill and the author or co-author of articles on a variety of art, music, and historical topics, including several essays about Winston Churchill. He is a contributing editor for Finest Hour, the journal of the International Churchill Society.

Mr. Riley has led ANCM’s $10 million High Roads to the Future Campaign, securing since 2018 gifts and pledges totaling$7.7 million for the preservation of Christopher Wren’s St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury at ANCM and for Museum programs, education outreach, and operations.

He serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Churchill Fellows of Westminster College and the Board of Directors for the International Churchill Society-United States.

Radio Shows featuring Timothy Riley

Winston Churchill sculpture standing behind a podium giving his Iron Curtain speech. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Winston Churchill’s Connection to a Small Midwestern Town

In this World Footprints podcast, Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick explore the life and times of Winston Churchill, his impact on the world and his relationship with the small town of Fulton, Missouri (MO).  

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