College of Creative Studies: Liberal Arts


Lillian Wilson Szlaga

Adjunct Faculty

MA, American University, BA, Syracuse University

Lillian Wilson Szlaga is currently pursuing a PhD in History at Wayne State University where she is researching the life and home of Charles Lang Freer.

She also studies the history of sexuality and gender and how these topics are represented in visual and material culture.

Professional Experience:

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:

“Crafting a Gilded Age Mansion: The Charles Lang Freer House, Detroit,” presented at the Graduate History Conference at the University of California, Davis, April 9, 2016

"Political Pornography and Charlie Hebdo," 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