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Lisa Freiman is a professor of Art History. She is an internationally recognized curator, art historian and author with over thirty years working in the modern and contemporary art field with leadership positions in museums as director, senior curator, and departmental chair. She served as the inaugural director of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, where she built a new, contemporary art institution from the ground up. Prior to her tenure in Richmond, Freiman worked as senior curator and chair of the modern and contemporary art department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She earned her PhD and MA degrees in modern and contemporary art history from Emory University, and her BA in art history from Oberlin College.