Vice provost for the arts announcement

From the Provost — September 12, 2022

Lisa Florman named vice provost for the arts

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Lisa Florman will serve as vice provost for the arts, effective September 15. 

As vice provost for the arts, Lisa will support and advise the central administration on arts and culture initiatives, priorities, and strategies. In doing so, she will facilitate the integration of the arts into the university’s tripartite mission of scholarship, education, and service. She will support greater collaboration between arts entities on our campuses and the communities we serve. Her efforts will link Ohio State to arts organizations across Ohio and the nation as well as around the world.

Lisa steps into this role at an exciting time for the arts at our university, with the recent appointment of Gaëtane Verna as the next executive director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, the completion of new facilities in our Arts District, and the arrival of new faculty leaders in our arts departments.

Lisa is an arts historian and has a deep commitment to the arts. She has a track record of working with faculty, staff, and students. She also brings leadership in diversity, inclusion, and making the arts accessible. 

Since 2021, Lisa has served as associate dean of interdisciplinary studies and community engagement in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she provides strategic oversight to the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, the Humanities Centers Consortium, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and Urban Arts Space. For the seven years prior, she served as chair in the Department of History of Art. Previously, she held progressive roles since joining the university in 1994 as assistant professor.

Lisa works at the intersection of art history and philosophical aesthetics, publishing books about competing understandings of the classical in modern art and the invention of abstraction in the twentieth century. She has been an invited lecturer at museums and universities around the world.

She has taught a range of classes from introductory level GE courses to honors classes and graduate seminars, and she is a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Please join me in congratulating Lisa as she transitions into her next role at Ohio State. In addition, I very much appreciate the diligent work and thoughtful counsel of the search advisory committee. 


Melissa L. Gilliam
Executive Vice President and Provost