A thought leader and advocate for cultural workers, living artists and the work that they do.


Lisa has been in the field for close to 30 years, bringing enthusiasm, humor and heart to her work everyday. This has included her creative practice as well as collaborations and management of larger, artistic projects. She has owned and/or managed departments of small, mid-size and large organizations through the lens of inclusion, equity and anti-oppression. Her background includes work in the visual arts, publishing, theater, and film, making her one of the few professionals deeply engaged with artists and colleagues across all genres.

While overseeing the financial and advisory resources for organizations and artists her ultimate goal is always to provide the desired outcomes for all stakeholders. Her experience with multi-level teams across long term and temporary projects has provided her with the confidence and skills to bring creative work to the forefront of public life.

Lisa was most recently the director of resources & award programs at Creative Capital. Previously, she served as the associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and was a director at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York.

She has worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director, and producer on numerous projects. She has taught courses in art history and production design at Cooper Union, University of California, Davis, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University.

Lisa received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Visual AIDS and Triple Canopy.


Lisa Dent Gallery:

Lisa Dent Gallery was committed to providing a forum for emerging, international artists who transcended the limitations of both medium and nationality. The gallery collaborated with artists that were well educated in the demands of their particular media, and motivated by a deep, personal interest in their subject matter. While our artists displayed a type of early career energy, they also demonstrated a long-term and informed commitment to art making. Their training and experiences showed through in theoretically rigorous, often conceptually motivated, work. Above all the gallery sought excellence, both in vision and in execution and was honored to develop the careers of those artists involved in our programming.

Exhibited artists included Makoto Aida, Jon Brumit, Thomas Chang, Matthew Cusick, Ala Ebtekar, Kianga Ford, Marcia Kure, Candice Lin, Jennifer Locke, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Vanessa Marsh, Flo McGarrell, Jason Middlebrook, Kambui Olujimi, Ryan Pierce, Shane Aslan Selzer, Maiko Sugano, Tim Sullivan, Basil Twist, Robin Ward, and Hank Willis Thomas.


Lisa Dent Gallery on Wikipedia


Art in America, January 2006

(see attached pdf)

Flash Art, Summer 2005

(see attached pdf)

Hank Willis Thomas

Makoto Aida

Shane Aslan Selzer


Columbus Museum of Art:

Complaints Choir Columbus – Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration

Latifah Echakch

Exhibition catalog designed by Project Projects review by Kris Paulsen


Valuing Artists’ Work: How and When Should Artists Get Paid?

10 Tips for Performance Artists Working With Museums

The In-Between – Artists Build New Frameworks for Institutions

Interview: Nick Szuberla Organizes for Criminal Justice Reform


Columbus College of Art & Design
The Radiant Future – Donald Moffett,
Equal Distribution


Art in American – Q & A with Jane Alexander

Art in America – Community Pictures: Q & A with Dawoud Bey

Art in America – In the Studio: Q & A with Ann Hamilton

(attached pdf)


Creative Time Summit 2015

Art/Work – Revised & Updated: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Heather Darcy Bhadari and Jonathan Melber

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*hoping to get these two pages connected


Complaints Choir Columbus

Columbus Museum of Art

SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Creative Activism: “Take Your Broken Heart, Make it Into Art”

Common Field convening 2015

Art Works? panel –

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 2nd, 3-5pm


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 

26 Wooster Street 

New York, NY 10013 United States

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Artworld Talks | Artist Commissions and SustainabilityArt Basel Miami Beach 

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

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Miami Beach, FL 33139

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