Senior curator leaving IMA after 11-year stay

The senior curator and chairwoman of the contemporary art department at the.Indianapolis Museum of Art is leaving after 11 years at the museum.

Lisa Freiman will become the first director at Virginia Commonwealth University's planned museum of contemporary art starting July 1, the museum announced Wednesday.

VCU's Institute of Contemporary Art is expected to open in 2015. Besides her duties as director, Freiman will be a professor in VCU's School of the Arts. The new VCU museum will be a combination exhibition and performance space. It will also feature spaces for visual art, theater, music, dance and film.

Freiman directed the opening of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres in June 2010 and is credited with transforming the experience of contemporary art in Indianapolis.

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