March 26, 2008

Lisa Erf

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Lisa Erf, director of the JP Morgan Chase Art Program, will give a talk at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

Erf will focus on her position at JP Morgan Chase with global responsibility for the firm's art collection as well as corporate art collections history.

She also will provide an overview of her career with students in mind, according to Dan Mills, curator of the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell, who adds, "The JPMC art collection is considered the pre-eminent corporate collection in the United States."

The talk, sponsored by the Samek Art Gallery, is open to the public without charge.

Oldest and most extensive collection
Erf manages one of the oldest and most extensive corporate art collections in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection originated from several heritage financial institutions including the Chase Manhattan Bank, initiated by David Rockefeller in 1959.

Today the collection numbers more than 30,000 artworks installed in 450 offices worldwide, and comprises a diverse range of paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, textiles, and video art embracing all cultures, time periods, and media.

The JP Morgan Chase Art Collection is especially known for its commitment to supporting contemporary artists who are shaping the future through their innovation and creative vision, reflecting the adventurous impulse that sparked the first acquisitions.

Curator of Collected Visions
Erf curated Collected Visions, an exhibition of classic and contemporary masterworks from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection which premiered at the Pera Museum in Istanbul from Oct. 27 to Jan. 6, 2008. Collected Visions recently opened at Emperor's Hall in Dubai, in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohhamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoun, Crown Price of Dubai.

Formerly curator and head of the Art Program for the First National Bank of Chicago, later Bank One Corporation, Erf's professional career has included academic, commercial, public art, and non-profit institutions in addition to the corporate sector. 

She received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her MFA in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed further studies at New York University. In addition to an active exhibition record, she is an independent curator, writer and lecturer.

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Posted March 26, 2008