Lilian Thomas Burwell - ART CART Oral Histories

Burwell, Lilian Thomas; Hopkins, Jessica; Teachers College. Research Center for Arts and Culture

In this oral history interview, visual artist Lilian Thomas Burwell talks about her childhood, schooling in New York, and developing as an artist before a lot of training. She speaks about originality in her art and how personal and reflective it has. One of her examples is how the illness and death of her mother influenced her work and her transition from painting to sculpture. Her book explains how subconsciously and not overly-thought-out art reflects the artist’s life and his/her own truth. Burwell also discusses her experiences teaching art as well as her water-inspired installations.



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Research Center for Arts and Culture
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January 29, 2014


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