Lisa Lee

Director, School of Art & Art History


Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Lisa Lee focuses on “making sure art and the creative experience are accessible, available and open to as many publics as possible.”

Lee advocates social practice as art, in which an experience can alter the individual’s way of seeing the world more effectively than viewing an art object.

Among her other objectives are the promotion of women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities, all of whom she sees as neglected in the museum-oriented art environment.

Lee served for seven years as director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, where she reinvigorated the house as a place for dialogue on social justice and arts presentations. She expanded the scope and size of the core exhibition, opening a newly restored second floor to the public, and instituted Re-Thinking Soup, a 21st-century “soup kitchen” for discussion of issues of food equity.



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