About 

Lisa Howie is an educator turned museum director now independent curator & consultant.  She is committed to personal growth and contributing to the value of art and culture.  Based in Bermuda, she is a champion of art-making in the Caribbean/ Atlantic region. A human rights advocate, Lisa is particularly interested in art projects that encourage dialogue, give potential to social harmony and provide access to innovative creative expressions.

 

Independent Curator & Consultant (2018 - )

  • Curator, Marine & Materiality exhibition, St. George’s Marina, Bermuda, 2018 

  • Curator, representing three Bermuda artists; détras del muro public art project, 2019 Havana Biennale, Cuba

  • Consultant, the Hamilton Princess Hotel’s contemporary art collection: staff development, private tours, ongoing

 

Executive Director, Bermuda National Gallery (2009 - 2017) 

Achievements   

  • launched, interpreted, developed community programs for 50 exhibitions, including The Art of the Bermuda Motorcycle, the Bermuda Biennial, William Collieson: A Retrospective, Ebony G. Patterson: Out & Bad, Bearing Witness: Richard Saunders, Re-interpreting the European Collection, Eyes on the World (in partnership with The Alexia Foundation), Women Artists in the BNG Collection, Meredith Andrews: Portraits of Power, The Private Collection series, Joscelyn Gardner: Staging Mary Prince, in her own words, Peter Woolcock: A Retrospective, the BNG’s 25th Anniversary The Power of Art, Shepard Fairey: rebel with a cause 

  • led the PartnerRe Art Lecture series, hosting international artists, such as Sanford Biggers, Willie Cole, Christopher Cozier, Joscelyn Gardner, Ebony G. Patterson, Matthew Karas, Titus Kaphar; curators, such as Isolde Brielmaier, Christa Clarke, Amanda Coulson, Joanne Hyppolite, Tumelo Mosaka, Jessica Regan, Franklin Sirmans, Dr. Kathryn Wat, and academics, such as Lynn Marsden Atlas, Dr. Lisa Farrington, Franklin Hill Perrell, Dr. Erica James, Lauren Merkel, Charles Riley

  • opened a temporary museum satellite, BNG East

  • created a children’s gallery in BNG

  • improved educational outreach and student programs

  • developed exhibition catalogue series and annual report, co-authored Bermuda National Gallery: an introduction (Scala), wrote monthly articles and all museum PR

  • maintained Bermuda National Standards Certification for best charity practice

  • reduced the BNG budget by 40% and increased family membership and individual giving

 

Lisa holds a BA in English (McGill), a BEd (Dalhousie), and a MEd (OISE/ Univ. of Toronto).  She has taken several business courses from Harvard Kennedy School and completed a certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University.  In 2011, she had the pleasure of a Director’s Internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  In 2017, she completed the 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher training.  Lisa has been a member of Amnesty International since 1995.

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