Dr. Lisa Freiman is the inaugural Director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art currently under construction; the ICA will feature exhibitions, music, experimental performances, and films by nationally and internationally recognized artists. The ICA will be a non-collecting contemporary art institution designed to accommodate the increasing lack of barriers among different media and practices.
Freiman served as senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) between 2002 and 2013. Freiman is an internationally recognized curator and leader in the contemporary art field. During her 11 years at the IMA, Freiman transformed the experience of contemporary art in Indianapolis.
Most recently, she led a major collaboration with a local Indianapolis developer to curate the art program for The Alexander art hotel that opened in downtown Indianapolis in 2013, featuring work by 25 artists, including 14 newly commissioned pieces. In October 2013, Tripadvisor honored The Alexander, naming it the sixth best hotel in the United States and the 30th best hotel in the world.
Dr. Freiman earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in modern and contemporary art history from Emory University and has a bachelors of Arts degree from Oberlin College.