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Lisa DeAbreu  



School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                           08/2022 - 06/2024

Master of Fine Arts : Painting and Drawing 


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                            08/2021 - 06/2022

Post Baccalaureate : Painting and Drawing


New York State Teachers Assistant Certification of Completion                                                                                                      11/2017 – 06/2018 


Guggenheim Gallery Teaching Course Certificate of Completion                                                                                                    11/2018 – 04/2019 


State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Fine Art, Minor: Education and Art History,                                                                                               Graduated May 2017


SUNY Study Abroad Program Art and Archeology of Greece                                                                                                          06/2017 - 08/2017 


UB (SLIDE) Student Leadership International  

Dialogue and Exchange program Ireland and Scotland                                                                                                                   06/2016 - 08/2016 


SAIC Painting Department                                                                                                                                                              August 2023 - present

Assistant to the Chair - Chicago, IL


SAIC Continuing Studies Department                                                                                                                                        May 2023 - August 2023

Painting Substitute Teacher - Chicago, IL


SAIC Painting and Drawing Department                                                                                                                September  2022 – December 2022

Multi-level painting TA - Chicago, IL


SAIC Continuing Studies Department                                                                                                                                   September  2022 – present

Senior Program Assistant : Early College Programs & Middle School Programs - Chicago, IL


SAIC Continuing Studies Department                                                                                                                                    June  2022 – August  2022

Program Assistant : Multi Arts Camp - Chicago, IL

SAIC Continuing Studies Department                                                                                                                                June 2022 - September 2022
Program Assistant - Chicago IL                                                 
  • Supports the Continuing Studies Students, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, and Classroom assistants.
  • Logs attendance for the program. Answers camp emails and concerns.
  • Facilitates drop- off, pick up and aftercare for MAC camp students.
  • Takes inventory of supplies and creates end of term websites.

Instructional Resources & Facilities Management                                                                                                               January 2022 – June 2022

Resource Technician  – Chicago, IL

  • Serve the SAIC community as the first point of contact for logistical concerns 

  • Assist facilities managers with facilities and maintenance checks, audiovisual issues, painting, furniture moving, classroom equipment, and other tasks as needed.


Success Academy Charter School                                                                                                                                          January 2020 – July 2021

Lead Art Teacher  – Queens, NY

  • Lead Teacher in an Elementary Charter School in Rosedale. 


Success Academy Charter School                                                                                                                                     August 2019 – January 2020 

Assistant Teacher  – Brooklyn, NY

  • Assistant Teacher in an Elementary Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant 1.


Marquis Studios                                                                                                                                                                        March 2019 – August 2019

Teaching Assistant – Queens, NY

  • Assisting in Residency at PS. 188Q with third grade Latin dance. 

  • Substitute for other creative art residencies 


Guggenheim                                                                                                                                                                        September 2018 -  June 2019

Learning Through Arts Residency Volunteer 

  • Assist teaching lead artist from the Guggenheim in three third grade classes at PS144 once a week for the entire school year. 


Queens Museum                                                                                                                                                                          May 2018 - August 2019

Visitor Experience Agent – Queens, NY

  • Monitor visitor experience and assist with front desk admission and donations.        

  • Observe visitors entering and exiting galleries and tell visitors not to touch the artwork. 

  • Answer questions and speak with the visitors about the works in the permanent collections and in the current exhibition.  


Dick Blick Art Materials                                                                                                                                                         August  2017 -  August 2019

Sales Associate - New York NY

  • Using my knowledge of artistic practices and supplies to meet customer expectations 

Campus Living, University at Buffalo                                                                                                                                 September 2014 - June 2017 

Resident Advisor – Buffalo, NY

  • Developed academic, educational and social programs                      

  • Provided a safe and enriching transition to campus life  

  • Hold residents accountable for their behavior and document policy violations.

  • Act as a liaison between campus residents and the Residence Hall Director 


Albright- Knox Museum                                                                                                                                                      June 2016 – September 2016 

Curatorial Intern – Buffalo, NY


  • Updated data on all of the artists in the collection.                           

  • Consolidated and re-organized artist files and updated excel sheets, 

  • Set up the miniature model for the new upcoming show.  

  • Wrote letters to the living artists in the show. 

  • Wrote the summaries for the new artist folders.  

  • Worked on the object label draft for the museum’s new acquisition. 

  • Worked with the Registrar on their new artist membership initiative and database.  


Institute for Curatorial Practice (ICP)                                                                                                                                        July 2015 – August 2015  



  • It was a six-week intensive course to introduce to the history of Amherst, MA museums, collections, and curating. Examined diverse objects, display techniques, and museum careers during visits to art, science, and history museums in western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley and in New York City. 

  • Analyzed new directions in curatorial studies, focusing on current explorations in contemporary practice, issues of exhibiting across cultures, and new media platforms.

  • Curated digital exhibitions for the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, for their Judy

         Pfaff exhibit and Hampshire College Library for their Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project. 



Helen Frankenthaler Scholarship Fund

August 22, 2023


University of Chicago Logan Center: The Experience Chicago 

March 12, 2023

Participating Artist – “Mama at Estate Tamarind”, “Auntie at Parkhurst Road”, “Father at Hotel on the Key” 


Woman Made Gallery "Windows to the Inside: Expressions of Mental Health

March 1, 2023

Participating Artist – “Condemned”


SAIC HAPI/INCUBATOR Black History/Futures Month Exhibition

Feb 20, 2023

Participating Artist – “Pepe, Nina, Mischa” , “Aunties”, “ Great Grandma”


TPBB [Truly, Post Bachelorette Baby!] Post Baccalaureate End of Year Show

May 12, 2022 

Participating Artist – “Abuelita”


Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) 

February 11th, 2022

Participating Artist – “Mommy in Brooklyn” , “Grandma Cecille”, “The Impossible Gathering”


SAIC Post Baccalaureate Annual

January 28, 2022 

Participating Artist – “Mommy in Brooklyn” , “Father in the V.I.”, “Oath of the Fairies”


MRNOTAT 3rd Annual Art Exhibit 

May 20, 2018
Participating Artist – “Don’t Shoot”, “The Shooting of Walter Scott”, “Trayvon’s Wings”


Inter-Spectra / Introspective

May 15, 2017 - May 25, 2017

Participating Artist – “The Other Side”

What So Terrifies Me

March 29, 2016 - April 2, 2016
Solo Artist – “Silence the Hostage”, “Her Unrelenting Strength”, “Don’t Shoot”, “Conversation With Carrie Mae Weems”, “The Shooting of Walter Scott”, “Black Lives Matter”,

Art For Justice, 

UB Student Union November 7, 2015
Participating Artist – “Shooting of Walter Scott” and “Silence the Hostage”

Painting Apprentice for Laolu Senbanjo 03/2018  RedBirdNYC – ArtXNYC in New York, NY 


2018 Armory Show 

Assisted with Private Collection- Carole Server, Oliver Frankel in New York NY and Walk Through of Angel Otero Elegies in Bronx NY 


Painted for Rigo 23 in Mundos Alternos: 04/2019 Art and Science Fiction in the Americas The Queens Museum Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program Flushing Meadows Corona Park




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