Meet Our New Director of Grants & Services, Lisa Dent

In September, we said goodbye to Kemi Ilesanmi, who has served as Creative Capital’s Director of Grants & Services since 2004. We cannot thank Kemi enough for her eight years with the organization, and wish her all the best in her next adventure as the Executive Director of The Laundromat Project! At the same time, we are so excited to welcome our new Director of Grants & Services, Lisa Dent. Lisa brings a strong background in the arts through her experience in gallery and museum work, most recently as the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she organized exhibitions including Currents: Latifa Echakhch, Supply & Demand and Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration. Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and subsequently held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was later director of the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and worked as a freelance art critic and scenic designer. From 2004-08, Dent owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. She has taught courses in art history and design at Cooper Union, University of California, Davis, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from New York University, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Lisa to the Creative Capital family!

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