Lisa Jarrett

Portland, Oregon

About Lisa Jarrett

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Lisa Jarrett is an artist and educator. She is Associate Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University. Jarrett exhibits nationally and co-founded/co-directs KSMoCA (King School Museum of Contemporary Art)—a museum inside a K-5 public school—in Northeast Portland, OR. 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.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2022

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2018

Website / Social Links

My work contemplates the necessity of imagination as a person whose history, to a fault, is untraceable due to the violence of slavery in the United States and the ongoing attempts at cultural erasure that colonialism demands. My practice is a site of humanity and an act of resistance.”