LISA DENT

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.

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