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Laura Lisbon

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Laura Lisbon

Department Chair and Professor



254C Hopkins Hall


  • MFA Syracuse University

Laura Lisbon is a painter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the Ohio State University. Engaged in rethinking the limits of painting in relation to the limits of other perceptual and social conventions, she makes paintings as well as constructions that she terms “set-ups.” Her recent research into conditions of visibility relating fog and fog harvesters with painting and “set-ups” was presented at the International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection and Dew in 2023. Her exhibitions include a large-scale project for “Le paradoxe du diaphane et du mur” in Amilly, France (2010). A recent “set-up” was exhibited in “Gray Matters” at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2017. Lisbon also participated in the third and fourth iterations of the collaborative painting project, “Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time” (2017, 2019) with Beth Harland (UK), David Thomas (Australia), and Ian Woo (Singapore). With Philip Armstrong and Stephen Melville, she co-curated and co-wrote the catalogue for the exhibition “As Painting: Division and Displacement,” held at the Wexner Center in 2001. She has published essays in La Part de L’Œil, Cahiers de l’Agart, and Journal of Contemporary Painting, as well as most recently an essay on the painter Martin Barré for Transatlantique titled, Before, Since, Still Martin Barré (2020).

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