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Lisa Boyd’s blood is burnt orange, and her ties to the College of Fine Arts run deep. After studying art at Vanderbilt for a couple of semesters, Lisa transferred to The University of Texas at Austin and its larger art program. She never looked back.

“I mean, I had Charles Omlauf as a sculpting professor,” she said. “He was very challenging, but so many of my professors were encouraging and great.”

She also enjoyed her non-major classes and says they were all “fascinating and first-class.”

As a two-time alumnae of The Department of Art and Art History (BFA 1972 and MA 1976) Lisa joined the Fine Arts Advisory Council in the mid-1990s, at the request of her friend Ben Fortson, as a way to support her alma mater.

“College was such a wonderful experience. I wanted to give back and stay involved,” she said. “Back in my early days of AC we were so excited just to learn about everything in the college.”

These days, Lisa says the Council is more dynamic and engaged. She credits the leadership for much of this transformation.

“We’ve had a number of great chairs, and Doug and Sondra are doing such a wonderful job with the college,” Lisa said. “Now the members are becoming more proactive in taking the arts out into their communities.”

Lisa doesn’t plan on stepping back from the Council anytime soon.

“The meetings are so stimulating, but it’s also fun to see new, young members and your friends involved and engaged,” she said. “I love to learn. I’m more educated in art and art history, but I want to learn more about the other departments.”

For the past two years, Lisa has been building her dream home on Lake Austin. In October, construction will be complete, and she’ll be making the move from Dallas to Austin. Once in Austin, she plans to become even more involved with the college.

“I’d like to be able to attend events in all the departments of COFA, and hopefully, I’ll be able to help the college host some events in my new house,” she said.

When not working with the Advisory Council, Lisa enjoys managing her family oil and gas business, painting and rowing.

“I started rowing when my son stopped,” she said laughing. “That was in 2006. I love being outside right in the city, but when you’re on the water you notice and experience all sorts of things you miss when you’re just running on the trails.”

Lisa is active in the Dallas Rowing Club, coaches at St. Mark’s School of Texas and rows competitively, as well. Recently, she trained to race in the Masters National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, but had to pull out due to an injury. She attended nonetheless to root for her fellow rowers. Additionally, this summer, Lisa accompanied three of her students to Tennessee for the US Youth Rowing National Championships.

“They are dedicated rowers,” Lisa said. “All of them are great boys, and it was exciting to be at Nationals.”

Lisa puts enthusiasm into all aspects of her life. For years Lisa has been a staunch supporter of the college serving as the Advisory Council Chair, recommending countless valuable members who currently serve on the Council, dedicating hours of her time to the college’s advocacy and fundraising efforts and has been a trusted advisor to several deans.

For Lisa, art is life. She says that the arts enrich all aspects of life from bringing communities together to being good for the spirit and boosting the economy with people visiting art museums.

“The arts are good for our hearts, souls and minds,” she said. “Life without arts would be monotone.”

--Jessi Propst