Lilian Crum

Through intuition and restraint, Sumi ink is gradually pulled into loose, thread-like forms that are enigmatic, anthropomorphic and organic.

Full Bio

About Lilian Crum

Lilian Crum (b.1985) is a Detroit-based visual artist and designer. She is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Graphic Design and Interaction Design programs at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield and Detroit, MI. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and previously received her HBA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Lilian’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.

Master of Fine Arts, 2D Design
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Honors Bachelor of Arts + College Diploma, Art and Art History
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON + Sheridan College, Oakville, ON

Professional Experience:
August 2016–present
Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Design, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield + Detroit, MI

January 2016–present
Director of Graphic Design and Interaction Design
Department of Art and Design, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield + Detroit, MI

Partner and Designer
Unsold Studio, Detroit, MI

Senior Lecturer
Department of Art and Design, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield + Detroit, MI

Select Exhibitions:
2016 Kit and Ace Featured Artist, Kit and Ace, Oakville, ON
2016 Form Ever Follows: Iterative Design Objects, Luce Gallery, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA (as Unsold Studio)
2016 Digital Vernacular, Brick Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
2015 Pratt Alumni Exhibition, Pratt Institute, New York, NY (as Unsold Studio)
2015 Light and Line, Alison Milne Gallery, Toronto, ON
2014 Drawn: A Selection of Drawings by Contemporary Canadian Artists, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
2014 Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
2013 Blank, Alison Milne Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 Things That Go Bump in the Night, Gladstone Hotel Gallery, Toronto, ON (solo)
2013 Art Gallery of Ontario VIP Launch Party, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
2013 Crandemonium: A Benefit for Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2012 Drawing 2013, John B Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014 Artist Project Travel Assistance Grant
2013 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2011 Design*Sponge Graduate Scholarship finalist
2010 Dr. Annie Smith Graduate Scholarship
2010 Sheridan Board of Governors’ Medal of Academic Excellence
2010 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada
Individual Research Grant offer “The Gendered Body in Early Modern Painting,”
2016 Telling the Stories of Extraordinary Local Women, video feature, Exist Detroit
2016 “Cranbrook celebrates city, art and feminism with new series” by Tiffany Esshaki, C&G Newspapers
2016 “‘The Cranbrook Salon’ Seeds Lively Discussion Among Detroit’s Thinkers” by Rosie Sharp, Knight Foundation Blog
2015 “Setting Boundaries to Create Freedom” by Veronica Scarpati, Artoronto,
2013 “Lilian Crum: Inked in Detroit” Wondereur, Featured Artist no. 62, editorial story and featured work (recommended by Elizabeth Petrova)
2013 “Toronto’s Artist Project aims to lure the first-time buyer” by Sarah MacDonald, National Post, Toronto