Lillian Wilson


Lillian Wilson is currently pursuing a PhD in History at Wayne State University where she is researching private, Gilded Age homes and art collections in American cities. She also studies the history of sexuality, gender, politics and religion and how these topics are represented in French and American illustration.


Her professional experience includes work for the Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Detroit Historical Museum in Detroit, MI. She has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Fellowships (2011, 2012) to study American art and teaching practices in Asheville, NC, and Santa Fe, NM.

Significant publications/presentations/exhibitions/projects:

"Political Pornography and Charlie Hebdo," to be presented at the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, University of Hull, UK, September 9, 2015

“The Scandinavian Folkart of Rosemaling: Gender and Revival in America,” presented at the 5th Annual Feminist Art History Conference, American University, Washington, DC, October 31, 2014

“Abstracting and Representing a Landscape: O'Keeffe and Diebenkorn in New Mexico,” Community College Humanities Review, Special Issue, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2013

“An Abstract Landscape: O’Keeffe and Diebenkorn in New Mexico circa 1950,” presented at the Community College Humanities Association National Conference, Louisville, KY, October 25, 2013

  • MA, American University, BA, Syracuse University
  • Adjunct Faculty

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