Lisa Jarrett

Associate Professor, Community and Context Arts

AB 123
Tue: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

"The creative act is a powerful platform for dialogue - social, political, personal, or otherwise. Locating each student's voice in this exchange of ideas is my focus, wherein distinctions between the learning experience and the creative experience are nonexistent: art as process, art as humanizing experience."

Lisa Jarrett is Associate Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University’s School of Art + Design. She is co-founder and co-director of KSMoCA (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Harriet Tubman Middle School Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice in NE Portland, OR, and the artists collective Art 25: Art in the 25th Century. 
Her intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and lenses. She exists and makes socially engaged work within the African Diaspora. She recently discovered that her primary medium is questions.


  • BFA
    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • MFA
    University of Montana
  • AAS
    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)